Hagadone, Largest Industrial Printer in Hawaii, to Shut Its Doorways

Clint Schroeder heads Hagadone Hawaii as President and COO.

Hagadone Printing Hawaii, calling itself Hawaii’s largest commercial printer, will close its commercial printing operations in Honolulu on January 11, 2019 after more than 26 years. The closure affects 93 workers, some of whom have been with the company for 20 years or more.

Commercial printing activities include a range of printed products, including business and marketing materials. Publications and newspaper supplements; large format banners, murals, trade show displays, vehicle graphics and canvas packaging; Packaging; and presentation and pocket folders, among others.

The two story, approximately 100,000 square feet. The plant operates a Goss M-600 heatset web offset press, Komori sheet-fed offset presses with up to six colors, an HP Indigo 7600 digital press – including a full-service bookbindery and the supposedly second-largest mailing company in the state of Hawaii. Hagadone Hawaii also sells bespoke promotional products and provides graphic design, web development, SEO, digital marketing, and social media strategy services.

Clint Schroeder, President and COO of Hagadone Hawaii, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser, local Hawaii News Now, and several other local media outlets that the business closure was being driven by several factors, including rising electricity and raw materials and others Operating cost; Loss of publishing and retail printing businesses for both mainland-based competitors and their move to digital alternatives; as well as the 25% tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on the rolls of coated paper it imports from China.

Of the five types of coated material used by Hagadone, three are only available through China, Schröder told the newspaper. “We didn’t have much choice,” he was quoted as saying, “eating” the paper price increase was definitely part of the final decision to close the plant.

Schröder told Hawaii News Now that several alternative options were being considered. “We wanted to do pretty much anything but that. Over the past five years, Hagadone has invested $ 4 million in new equipment, upgraded its digital presses, and started wide-format printing to contain losses,” he said. “While these have been very successful, it has been almost impossible for us to maintain this significant decline from some of our key customers.”

A voicemail message that Printing Impressions left for Schroeder to receive further comments went unanswered at the time of this article’s submission.

According to Star Advertiser, the company will keep its Hagadone Media Group, which publishes this week and various tourist and retail publications. and Hagadone Digital, which provides the aforementioned graphic design, social media and other web-based services. Together they employ around 30 people, according to Schröder.

Hagadone Hawaii, owned by Hagadone Corp. based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, began publishing The Garden Island newspaper in the late 1960s, along with Waikiki Beach Press and This Week magazines. In 1995 Hagadone Hawaii Oahu bought Bindery and Tongg Printing, and in 1998 Harbor Graphics & Fine Printing, the Star Advertiser reported. In 2015 the company was restructured into three divisions: Hagadone Printing Co., Hagadone Digital and Hagadone Media Group.

Brad Hagadone, President of Hagadone Corp., said: “When industry factors beyond our control caused losses a few years ago, we decided to invest more in the company to repair the ship. Most companies would likely have ceased operations, or at least made significant cuts. Instead, we invested in a new sheet-fed press and new digital presses to offer more products.

“Unfortunately, the economic headwinds only got worse, leaving us with the only difficult way to shut down the commercial printing operations that first brought us to Hawaii so many years ago,” added Hagadone. “My heart aches for these great people who have been with us for so long because it’s really like losing family members.”

In accordance with the provisions of the WARN Act, Hagadone Hawaii informed its employees of the impending closure and stated that it will provide recruitment and other assistance to its displaced persons.