A longtime Superior business has made the move to Duluth. Arrowhead Printing, which purchased Duluth's Service Printers in 2014, has consolidated its two operations under one roof.
"For our customers' benefit and the health of the company, it was better to combine," said Sarah Erickson, who owns the business with her husband, Dan.
The Duluth facility at 127 E. Second St. is about three times the size of the Superior building, she said, and had room for both print shops to merge. To combine the two in Superior would have required a $1 million addition to the building at 625 Hughitt Ave.
Arrowhead Printing Inc. has an 85-year history in Superior. The business opened in 1933.
"We were not very happy to leave Superior," Erickson said. "It was not the way we wanted to go."
They will keep the Arrowhead Printing name and continue to offer all their digital, large-format and offset printing products, from business cards and letterheads, to posters, banners and window decals. Off-street parking is available and the business is in a highly visible location on East Second Street.
Erickson said they also offer free pick-up and delivery for Superior residents who prefer not to cross the bridge. To facilitate that, they've added two drivers and extra delivery routes.
The Superior building closed about two weeks ago. Many customers have already made the trek to see the Ericksons and their canine office buddies, Dolly and Lettie, in Duluth.
"A lot of people in Superior, I think they just come to see Dolly," Erickson said. "We've almost always had a dog in the office."
The business employs about 38, and a sign in front of the business indicated that they are hiring.
The Arrowhead building in Superior, which encompasses roughly 13,000 square feet, is for sale.
"We love Superior and we intend that at some point we will be back there," Erickson said. "This just gives us more capability to meet customers' needs in a more timely manner."