As reported in the Denver Post, commercial printer National Hirschfeld closed its doors this week, laying off 250 employees. The company had been in business for more than a century — since 1907 — and handled accounts that included the Denver Broncos and the National Western Stock Show.
Apparently customers like that weren’t enough to keep the company open in today’s economy.
The printing plant’s closing grabbed my attention not only because I just lost my job in the newspaper business, but also because I’ve done a fair amount of business with National Hirschfeld over the last decade.
My own book, “Pack Burro Stories,” was printed by C&M Press, which was merged into the National Hirschfeld company in 2005.
In addition, for about 10 years I published books by Phil Maffetone, including “In Fitness and In Health” and his series of ABCs health booklets through the company, and also printed the first edition of Phil’s newsletter, The Maffetone Report, on its press.
I have seen the sign of the times, and it’s on the Internet. I suppose this all bodes well for trees.