About Us



Our Story

Janet and Don Short opened Print Express in downtown Independence in February 1995. After 20 years of working in the printing industry in Cedar Rapids, Sheri (Bitterman) Hartkemeyer met Janet and purchased Print Express in 2003. In July, 2006 Print Express purchased and merged Miller Printerie together as one company. In December of 2010 Print Express purchased Brennan Printing, whose niche is Fund Raising Cookbook printing. In May of 2018 Print Express purchased the Custom Cookbook division of G&R Publishing formerly of Waverly, Iowa, now under the name of Cookbook Specialists.

All four of the companies have blended well under one main company of Print Express/Cookbook Specialists. Whether you’re in need of full-color brochures for your business, wedding invitations for your special day – or most everything in between – we’ve got you covered at Print Express! Print Express/Cookbook Specialists also offers custom cookbooks and custom books with full color printed dividers, additional options for pre-designed dividers and covers, UV coated covers and standard plastic coil binding. Visit www.cookbookspecialists.com for more information about creating your own custom cookbook.

We have the tools.

Using the Adobe Creative Suite, our designers are able to bring your ideas to life. Our high quality digital machines make your image pop.

Certified Experience.

We have the design and print industry knowledge to put you on the right track for your next print project.

Competitive Pricing

We pride ourselves on offering competitive price breaks to make printing accessible for all size projects.

Sheri Hartkemeyer / Owner

An Independence native and the owner of Print Express, Sheri started her print journey at an internship as a Secretary for a Printing Company in Cedar Rapids, in 1983. After 20 years of working in the printing industry in Cedar Rapids, met Janet and purchased Print Express in 2003. Sheri lives in Elberon with her husband, horses and dog, Kirby. In her in my spare time she likes to horseback ride and spend time with family and friends.

Zach Letzring / Graphic Designer

Zach grew up in North West Iowa and graduated from Grand View College with a BA in Graphic Design and Fine Arts. When not at work Zach enjoys spending time with family and friends. He currently lives in Oelwein with his wife and children.

Megan Mesch / Graphic Desinger

Megan grew up in Traer, IA but now lives in Waterloo. She went to Hawkeye Community College for the Graphic Communication program and graduated in 2015 with her AA. In her free time Megan likes to spend time with her friends and family. She is an avid reader, movie buff and loves the outdoors, especially kayaking in the summer months and skiing in the winter.

Jaclyn Sandberg / Bindery Supervisor

Jaclyn Sandberg is an Independence area native, after living in Cedar Rapids she moved back and joined Print Express. Jaclyn currently lives in Urbana with her boyfriend Patrick, two dogs and two cats. In her spare time Jaclyn enjoys spending time with family, and traveling with her boyfriend when he is not on deployment.

Lea Ann Huegel / Cookbook Account Specialist

Lea Ann has been in customer service for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Hawkeye Community College (yep it was a long time ago). She lives on an acreage near Waverly, Iowa with her husband and son where she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and drawing. 

Kirby / Print Express Greeter

Kirby came from a shelter in Shellsburg in 2012. He loves to sleep, but he loves to eat even more (don't say the word Hotdog around Kirby). Kirby also likes greeting people when they walk in the door (when he’s not sleeping, of course).

Julia Leisinger / Cookbook Design & Layout

Julia has lived in Waverly most of her life. She worked at the same printing company for nearly 37 years before settling into the design and layout department the last 30 years. In 2018, she started a new and exciting journey with Print Express. Julia, her husband (and their dog) are empty-nesters, but love to get together with family and friends and just have fun.