Color Ink's History

In 1984, graphic design artist and creative director Jim Meissner had his art studio. Jim was buying so much print he decided to purchase a press and try the commercial printing thing himself. With his wife, Sue, by his side, Color Ink established itself as a print media solutions provider.

Quickly outgrowing a modest building in Hartland, WI, Jim purchased a Meissner family dairy farmland plot on a then undeveloped intersection in Sussex, WI. Several expansions and renovations later, Color Ink operates in two buildings, with 105,000 sq. ft. of space on the old family dairy farm. The facility features a complete pre-press department, a sheet-fed press room, small & wide format digital presses, a complete bindery, mailing & fulfillment operations, and plenty of warehousing space to facilitate nationwide distribution and long-term storage of finished goods.

Today, the company remains entirely family-owned & operated. With over 30 years of trade experience under our belt, Color Ink’s business model has evolved far beyond commercial print. Over the years, we began to realize that in order to provide our nationwide and local customer bases with the tools they need to enhance their brand, we had to offer turn-key print and marketing solutions. From design to production to distribution, our staff of industry professionals has the vision and expertise to maximize your advertising dollar.

Color Ink’s commitment to quality and innovation has solidified its reputation as an industry leader among customers and industry peers alike.

In an everchanging printing pasture, we still see ourselves as a “Cow of a Different Color.”

Color Ink's Philosophy

  • As a company, we are committed to providing advanced technology, customer education, and superior service in a time-sensitive environment.
  • We strive to help our clients successfully communicate their message through printed material.
  • We employ dedicated professionals whose primary goal is customer satisfaction.
  • Integrity and credibility are foundational to the success of our company in today’s ever-changing marketplace.
  • We recognize that a superior level of customer service will enhance the customer’s experience and will lay the foundation to meet future needs.

Mission & Core Values

Color Ink’s mission is to earn the respect and trust of our customers, vendors, and peers in our pursuit of visual marketing excellence. We will accomplish this with an uncompromising commitment to integrity, providing the very best customer service and quality. We pledge to empower our team with the best resources and technology available to provide the most creative and positive results


Centrally Located

Color Ink resides in the small midwestern town of Sussex, WI. With our central location within the United States, we are able to ship products to each coast and everywhere in between in a timely manner.

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