There’s no such thing as thinking too big.

American Printing Co. (APC) opened in 1912 in Birmingham, Alabama, as a small print shop serving local merchants. For 80 years, its presses rolled merrily along, producing business forms for an ever-growing base of happy customers.

In 1992, banking on APC’s stellar reputation, new owner Robert “Bo” Stanford launched a strategic plan to grow the business. Among the initiatives were to steadily invest in bigger and better presses, as well as comb the country for talented people to bring aboard. Relocation to a new facility, now enlarged to 110,000-square feet, provided elbowroom for future expansion.

New capabilities, such as pre-press, direct mail services, and fulfillment, added value and convenience for customers. The friendly family-run business saw an increase in team members, too, climbing from 18 people to more than 120 full-time employees with presses running 24 hours, six days a week.

With these advancements came a new goal, as APC set its sights on becoming a national printer. Progress was noted in the pressroom with a display of flags representing states with APC clients. One by one, state flags were added, until all 50 were proudly displayed. Today, American Printing Co. is truly a printer for all of America, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, and Canada.

And the story continues.

Bo Stanford