We started as a newspaper
Abilene Printing & Stationery is the oldest printing firm in Abilene and one of the city's oldest businesses. We share a common history with the Abilene Reporter News, both of which were founded by Charles E. Gilbert as a single company in 1882.
Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries
From 1888 to 1924, Abilene Printing was the operator of the Abilene Reporter (now the Abilene Reporter-News), as well as being a commercial printing business. In 1924 the publishing and printing business were divided into two separate corporations: (1) The Reporter Publishing Co. (Abilene Reporter-News); and (2) Abilene Printing and Stationery Co., Inc.
An all-American story
When the business was divided into two corporations in 1924, George Anderson became owner and president of Abilene Printing & Stationery. Mr. Anderson had begun working as a printer at Abilene Printing in 1894. He was active in the company's management until his death in1964.
Prior to his death in 1964, Mr. Anderson sold Abilene Printing & Stationery to a long-time employee, Charles Lacy, Jr., along with Hardin-Simmons University and Hendrick Hospital. Eventually Mr. Lacy became sole owner and remained so until his passing in 2005.
Spanning the 20th and 21st centuries
Abilene Printing is currently owned by Mrs. Charles Lacy, Jr., who at 93 years of age, remains actively involved in the business. Harlan Owen, President, and Karla Bailey, Vice-President, have a combined 86 years of experience in the printing, office products, and office furniture retail industries. Most of those 86 years have been with Abilene Printing.
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Our continuing mission: meet the needs of business
We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve Abilene & The Big Country for the past 132 years, and look forward to many more. Stop in and see us at 1274 North 2nd in Abilene.