Closeup of letterpress die router

This month, Pella Engraving Company will attend the Midwest Great Northern Printers’ Fair and Type on the Cob, the annual conference for the Ladies of the Letterpress international trade organization.

On September 17, Pella Engraving Company will join other letterpress experts at the famous Midwest Great Northern Printers’ Fair in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Running concurrently with the fair is Type on the Cob, the annual conference for the Ladies of the Letterpress international trade organization. Pella Engraving is a proud Ladies of the Letterpress sponsor. 

The fair, which begins September 14 and continues through September 17, is a gathering place for both experienced letterpress professionals and novices. Demonstrations, training, and an equipment sale are all on the agenda.

Type on the Cob is a three-day event with panels, presentations, and workshops. Topics include Wonders of the Windmill, Printing on Metallic and Holographic Stocks, and Wood Type Cutting Extravaganza. Learn more at

Four letterpress dies with flyer that says "We Make It Right"

Pella Engraving will be offering samples to visitors, including a ready-to-use magnesium plate featuring a design created especially for fair and conference attendees.

This is the first year PEC has been part of either event. “Pella Engraving Company is energized and excited by the resurgence we’ve seen in recent years in the art of letterpress printing,” said PEC co-owner Jeff Vroom. “Our decision to sponsor Ladies of the Letterpress and join this event was an easy one. We think it will be a great place to learn from other experts and share with attendees the capabilities Pella Engraving offers with its high-quality magnesium die manufacturing.”

Look for Jeff and fellow co-owner Cory Vande Kieft at the conference. Pella Engraving has been offering magnesium letterpress printing dies for 82 years, and Pella Engraving’s customers have used these dies on well-known letterpress printing presses—Heidelburg, Kluge, Chandler & Price, Vandercook, and many more.

The location for the fair and conference is Printers’ Hall on the Midwest Old Threshers grounds. Learn more at