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Printing Leader of the Year

Printing Leader of the Year

Jay Mandarino, Founder, President & CEO, C.J.
Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Jay Mandarino oversees the daily operations of 24 companies with total sales reaching over $33 million. More than 60 percent of C.J. Group’s 24 companies have been purchased over the past five years, including 10 over the last two years.

In February 2015, the C.J. Group began putting the final touches on its new 80,000-square-foot facility located on the perimeter of Toronto’s downtown core. As a result, C.J. Group is now comprised of close to 160,000 square feet across three facilities. Mandarino holds the ambition to become the largest independent full-service printing operation in Canada and continued to move toward this goal in 2015 by installing North America’s first Scodix Ultra Pro with Scodix Foil and Canada’s first Highcon Euclid II+ system.

Mandarino’s founding company, C.J. Graphics Inc., which he started out of his parent’s basement in 1980, remains as the core of C.J. Group and, in 2013, installed a new Heidelberg XL 105. In 2015, C.J. Graphics  added two massive Italian Sais screen presses, running 70 x 120-inch sheets, and unique Océ LightJet photographic presses (apparent 4,000-dpi resolution) to compliment its new wide-format printing division.

Mandarino is also well-known for his philanthropic pursuits in helping to raise more than $50 million over the past 26 years for more than 250 different charities.