Founded in 1903, Inland Printing specialized in brochures, catalogs and other commercial print items. In 1944, John Glendenning, a print broker from Detroit, MI invested in Inland Printing with two other partners and moved his family to La Crosse. In 1952 he bought out his partners and became the sole owner of Inland Printing. In 1960 John’s son Jack, the first in the family to graduate college, joined Inland.
Under Jack’s direction, the company continued to steadily grow and in 1968 they invested in their first multicolor offset press. In 1971 the company was moved into a new facility, the current headquarters building, on West Avenue in La Crosse. In the mid 1970’s Inland started printing labels for G. Heileman Brewing and a few years later began producing Budweiser labels for Anheuser-Busch.
To keep up with growing demand, a six color heat set offset web press was installed. The first roto-gravure press for label production was installed in 1984. As Inland continued to see an increase in label business, Jack’s son Mark, the current CEO of Inland joined the company in Chicago in 1988 and moved back to La Crosse in 1992.
Inland continued to offer commercial print while their label business expanded throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but by the late 1990’s investment was focused solely on label printing. In 2004 a 20,000 square foot addition was made to the headquarters building and a state of the art gravure label press was installed. With a focus on label printing, the company changed their name to Inland Label.
Inland Label began to be referred to as the beer label printers in the industry and continued their rapid growth, printing labels for a vast majority of craft breweries as well as many of the large brewers in the U.S. and Canada. Over the course of the next decade, a 65,000 square foot expansion was made to house a new state-of-the-art pre-press department, two new Heidelberg XL 105 presses, and another heat set web press. Inland Label continued their growth and began printing labels for other markets including food, and consumer products. Today, they produce 5 different kinds of labels (Cut & Stack, Injection In-Mold, Pressure Sensitive, Blow Mold, and Roll-Fed), offer three print processes (offset, gravure and flexo), and lead the industry as one of the top label suppliers to some of the largest brands in the beverage, food and consumer products markets.