A Letter from Tony Metzger
Tom’s enthusiasm for our industry, his loyalty to his customers, staff and vendors and the strong way that he led Metzgers was a role model for all of us. We send our deepest condolences to everyone at Metzgers.
~ Chris Manley, President of Graphco
Dear Friends of Metzgers,
Today, it is with a heavy heart that I write you to tell of the passing of Tom Metzger. Surrounded by his family, Tom died peacefully on February 27th.
Tom was a part of Metzgers from the start, when his father Norb started Type House in 1976. Over the years, Tom led the way with his brother Joe, as the company saw growth and service diversification to evolve into what we now know as Metzgers. He genuinely loved every second of it, and prided himself on greeting all three shifts of employees as much as possible.
Tom was proud of the awards and honors that he and Metzgers received. Some of those accomplishments included induction into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame, the Printing Industries of Ohio Hall of Distinction, as well as receiving the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Better Business Bureau.
As Tom would say, “family has always been critical to the company’s successes.” I’m proud to be the third generation to lead this company, and am prepared to carry on the legacy and dreams of Norb, Tom and Joe. Together, they built an amazing team over the company’s 42-year history. Tom’s sister, Connie, will celebrate 20 years at Metzgers in 2019 and I am surrounded by our leadership team of five that has a combined history of over 100 years with Metzgers. Together, we are committed to moving forward and continuing to be the great company you have come to rely upon.
On a personal note, I could have never asked for a better father, coach, mentor, or boss than I had in Tom. He was a family man to his core, and did anything and everything he could for his wife, sons, and everyone in his family. He always supported my brother and I in all of our decisions throughout our school years and into our professional lives, and he was always ready to grab a beer with anyone who wanted to talk.
All of us at Metzgers thank you for your kindness and your unwavering loyalty. Thank you for your continued confidence in both myself and the entire Metzgers team.
So sorry for your lost. Tom touched many lives. He went to St John’s with me and always considered him a friend.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Metzger family and Company.
COO/Wallace Carlson Printing.