Company History


George Hunter and Merrill HunterLeader Printing began over a century ago in Madison, a small town in the heart of eastern South Dakota. The company is in its third generation of ownership by the Hunter family. Purchased in 1947 by George Hunter, Leader Printing was then run by son Merrill, and is now in the capable hands of grandson Jon. We take pride in our friendly, rural values while serving customers with the latest in technology, equipment and services.

Our spirit of innovation and concern for the environment

Our company has had a culture of innovation through every change in printing technology over the past 100 years — from hot lead to punched tape to image setters and beyond. Leader Printing was the first printer in South Dakota to install an offset web press in the early 1960’s, and we were among the early users of computerized typesetting equipment. We have aggressively used technology to lower mailing costs for our customers. In fact, we were the first company in South Dakota to barcode “flats” for mailing. Today, we’re focusing our technology efforts on prepress, primarily in helping our customers prepare top-quality files to send to us for printing. Leader Printing has also been on the leading edge of environmental issues and recycling. We were among the first to use soy-based inks when they were introduced in the 1980’s. Soy-based inks are biodegradable and support our region’s agricultural producers. We offer customers paper containing recycled post-consumer content, and extra newsprint from production and shreds from trimming are used by area farmers for animal bedding.


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