More experience and dependability, since 1884
We were founded by the Dickinson brothers, Albert and Randel, in Painesville Ohio, in 1884. Two years later they moved to Grand Rapids Michigan. From that time still now, this market has flourished and grown into a major graphic arts and media center that has attracted a skilled and dependable workforce over the years.
As the city grew so did we. We have matured from our early 40,000 square-foot building downtown, to our present, suburban location, strategically located with easy access to the I-96 expressway and the Gerald Ford municipal Airport.
Original occupancy of our new, 78,300 square foot location took place in 1987. It is since grown to 123,500 square feet, to make room for our steadily growing need for equipment upgrades, paper and inventory warehousing.
Each succeeding generation has respected the reality that age alone does not guarantee excellence. It is how these years are used to grow and improve that make the difference between old age and established leadership.
In the 1920s we developed a unique emulsion for making separation negatives, and are credited with printing the very first four color process catalog in the country.
In the 1960s we began to specialize in the religious market, and in the 1980s installed the first Mitsubishi four-color sheet fed press. Eventually we upgraded to the six color Perfection press. We were the first in the United States to produce Bibles with lightweight paper on a heatset web press.
By 2006, we continued to lead by being the first printer in the United States to take delivery of the radically advanced, Timsons T- 32 multi-module heat set web press capable of printing 192 pages in a single pass. During the same period of improvement we became involved with the RISC market targeting process for more creative versioning. We also introduced our real-time online Job Status Report program.
The core of all this growth and expansion remains today, as it was in the beginning... a total commitment to excellence, fair dealing, innovation and customer satisfaction.