Somerset Shuts Down Operation

Jon Robinson
February 03, 2017
Chris, Jack and Jeff Youngberg (clockwise from top) with Somerset Graphics’ 29-inch Komori LSX 629, installed in 2013.
Chris, Jack and Jeff Youngberg (clockwise from top) with Somerset Graphics’ 29-inch Komori LSX 629, installed in 2013.
Somerset Graphics of Mississauga, Ontario, closed its doors on January 31 and entered receivership. The high-end commercial printing operation, well known across the Greater Toronto Area, was running out of a 20,000-square-foot facility, built by Jack and Beth Youngberg 37 years ago. Their two sons, Chris and Jeff, had been involved with the company for 21 and 17 years, respectively.

“Beth and I always agreed that we never wanted our business to become a hobby,” says Jack Youngberg, when asked why the company was shut down. “To continue to succeed in the current market was a factor in our decision. Our industry has become very competitive and commoditized.”

Somerset’s 29-inch, 6-colour Kormori HUV press, which was installed in mid-2013, has been sold to an unclosed printer. It was equipped with automatic plate changers and wash-up systems, with an ability to be used for both conventional printing or UV. Youngberg explains they are working on the sale of all other assets.

Youngberg explains they did not sell Somerset’s book of business, providing each account representative with the opportunity to maintain their current accounts and take them where ever they go.

“The industry is saturated. Everyone is chasing the same dollars. Supply outweighs demand,” says Youngberg. “The industry for the most part has been a very exciting wonderful area to work in. Somerset's employees, clients and suppliers have all contributed to our success.”


+1 #4 Derek Fisher 2017-05-16 16:50
Wow! Shocking news. I worked there from 1988-1996. I have very fond memories of my time there; it truly was a high quality shop. I have always had the highest regard for Jack and wish him and Beth all the best in the future.
0 #3 Karen Robertson 2017-02-12 23:06
So sorry to hear Jack closed the shop. I met with him nearly 2 years ago I at an impromptu meeting at Starbucks.
+1 #2 Manny camilleri 2017-02-07 20:39
It was very sad to see a good company with good ownership and good workers to end. I recently worked their for a short time and got to know some of my co- workers who were proffesional and learned a lot from them. The printing was high quality which I have not seen in years , since I have been in the industry a long time.
It was a pleasure working them.
Good luck!!!!!
0 #1 John Steip 2017-02-03 18:23
I'm sad to read this story. I worked for Somerset many years ago and it was and continued to be one of the highest quality printing shops in North America. Congratulations to the Youngberg family and good luck moving forward.

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