We have a rich history that we've compiled into a timeline. If you're not convinced we can provide the service you desire, or maybe you want to know more about our business, just give it a view!
We opened our doors here in Statesboro, Ga.
Began Using Photo Offset
Photo Offset began taking off in larger cities, and was not affordable in smaller mom and pop shops, so it took some time for us to begin using it.
We changed our name to "Lewis Printing Company."
We transitioned from a small mom and pop shop into a business that employed more than 2 people and we began to expand.
We began making rubber stamps and selling office supplies.
Our name at the time was "Statesboro Rubber Stamp & Office Supplies."
First Major Purchase
We purchased a Heidelberg 4 color printing press, a major investment for a small company. Business exploded after that purchase and we started to become a trustworthy printer. Many printers in the southeast had 1 and 2 color presses, but did not have the capability to produce 4 color prints, so they would outsource to us.
We stopped providing office supplies and rubber stamps so that we could focus on expanding the more profitable printing business.
Desktop computers started to become mainstream, so we ventured into desktop publishing. Around this time photo offsets popularity started declining.
We removed all our light tables when the produce software was capable of doing impositioning, This greatly accelerated the time it took to go from hand stripping film into producing fully paginated film ready to go to the plating department.
We purchased 7 acres in the "Joe Kennedy Industrial Park" in Statesboro, GA, and built a new facility that neighbored the UPS terminal.
This greatly increased our ability to turn proofs faster because we had up until 7:00 p.m. to ship out next day proofs and we received our deliveries first thing in the mornings, which was one of the key factors that fueled our growth during the 90's.
In the late 90's, technology led us into direct to plate and the era of film was over, we took advantage of that technology and installed the first direct to plate, plate-setter in the southeast.
It was around this time the internet picked up momentum and we started publishing online pricing of printed products. This would eventually change the way that a lot of printing would be ordered. Prior to that we published our yearly pricing guides that were sent out to our re-sellers throughout the U.S. We started selling wholesale printing for the trade back in the early 80's and have been a print provider to our re-sellers now for over 37 years.
We made investments in our mailing department and digital presses that allowed us to get real competitive in the direct mail market. Our direct mail volumes have have increased in double digits every year since 2005.
Digital presses started making an impact on the printing industry and we invested in a couple of Xerox digital presses to meet the needs of our customers.
We began selling 4 color business cards for under $50.00, whereas before digital presses, printing 4 color business cards was unheard of due to the high costs.
We staffed our own web developers to help our business carve out niches and so that we could connect print manufacturing into eCommerce.
Mailing Department Upgrade
We upgraded our mailing department with new inkjet printers and were running 4 Ricoh digital presses. Business was continuing to grow in the digital arena as well as direct mail and mailing in general.
We replaced our Management Information Software with a new browser based system. Estimating, job ticketing, scheduling, warehousing, purchasing and accounting was now all online and accessible for us to use on our desktop, laptops and handheld devices.
We upgraded our press-room with a new Komori 28 x 40 - 4 color perfecter plus coater that is fully automated with close loop color and all of the latest technology available in today's offset printing presses.
Press-room Upgrade (Again!)
We added another Komori 20 x 28 - 6 color perfecter plus coater that is fully automated with close loop color.
DX Printing Acquired!
Lewis Color acquired DX Printing, a printing company out of Savannah, Ga. that specialized specifically in direct mail, serving numerous fortune 1000 customers thought the U.S. this acquisition instantly doubled our volume of sales.
We moved everything into our facility in Statesboro, Ga. and began construction on an additional 15,000 sq. ft making a total of 60,000 sq. ft. to house all of the additional equipment and work being processed here at Lewis Color.
We added 3 more digital printing presses to our digital press-room.