LIMA — Almost a year after merging with Proforma, Longmeier Printing and Advertising will be shutting down its downtown location and will be auctioning off its remaining assets and some of the building’s architectural elements.
Longmeier Printing and Advertising owner Michael Frueh has decided to shut down the building and warehouse at 232 N. Union St. as the company is no longer in need of the building now that it has merged with Proforma on 1207 Findlay Road.
“Proforma gave our customers the economy upscale that is necessary in today’s market because Proforma is the largest print conglomerate in the country,” said Frueh. “You’re not buying from the local printer, you’re buying from their large network of printers across the country.”
Longmeier Printing and Advertising was a company that specialized in mimeographing, typing mailing business letters for local companies since 1904.
Since merging with Proforma, the company offers eCommerce solutions, wearable promotional items, coffee mugs, key chains, lanyards, promotional products, printing services, business documents and eCommerce solutions.
“Everyone wants a success story,” said Frueh. “Longmeier was successful for two generations of Fruehs and now it is time to move on. The conversion has gone quite well and sales are up from previous sales. The customers have stayed with the new owner and have done quite well.”
The remaining employees who worked at the downtown location have either retired, work for Proforma or will remain working at the building until after Jan. 1, 2019, when the location shuts down.
“My No. 1 concern was making sure that all of my employees landed somewhere,” said Frueh.
The auction will be led by Hartsock Realty Auctioneer Amy Joseph at 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Those who would like to participate in the auction should arrive with a form of identification, such as a driver’s license.
All items must be paid for the day of the auction with either cash or check. Items and architectural elements from all three floors of the building and in the warehouse will be auctioned off.
Those items include tin style ceilings, radiators, old doors, woodwork, an antique magic chef oven, luxfer glass, ladders, dollies, a vault and more.
Once all the items have been auctioned off, the warehouse is expected to be demolished in November to provide the Allen County Regional Transit Authority with additional garage space, said Frueh.
After Jan. 1, 2019, the building is expected to be torn down, as well, to provide even more garage space for the RTA.
“Not every business has a happy ending involving the sale, but mine does,” said Frueh. “I think a lot of people think auction means a company is going out of business. But that’s not the case because we were thriving up until the day that we sold it.”
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