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Partnership brings back business, jobs

Mayor Michael Sullivan (left) congratulates Harold Chapman, while Doug Riel and Todd Collier the new owners of Mansir Printing look on at the official re-opening of Mansir Printing. The over 100 year-old firm had a "temporary interruption of service," Sullivan said. Reminder Publications photo by G. Michael Dobbs
By G. Michael Dobbs

Managing Editor

HOLYOKE Three long-time employees of the former Mansir-Holding printing company in Holyoke have brought the closed company back to life.

Partners Doug Riel, Harold Chapman and Todd Collier celebrated the official re-opening of the company on Friday, although the firm had re-opened its doors for business on April 7.

The company had operated out of its Shawmut Avenue location for over 100 years in the Paper City and closed Jan. 28 due to "mis-management," according to Riel.

The three partners bought the building and a majority of the assets in an auction on March 13. They have brought back 15 of the former employees and Reil said eventually they would like to bring them all back.

"We're getting there," he said.

Riel declined to say how much money the three partners have invested in the re-opening of the company.

The company does a wide range of commercial printing, including brochures, flyers, folders and magazines, Chapman said. He said that while the printing field is "extremely competitive," the new company's advantage is having "highly skilled employees."

"We retained the bulk of our sales staff," Chapman added.

He said that by having the three owners there on a daily basis they have reduced their overhead and can keep a "strong hands-on" management style.

While a reception was taking place in the outer offices, in the work areas of the facility, employees were busy setting up the press and trimming finished product.

Mayor Michael Sullivan called the re-opening "an incredibly exciting day" and added, the re-birth of the company has "made a difference in a lot of lives."