A Midwestern company with a national reputation, Omaha Print’s history has moved in concert with the country. From the expansion west through the Civil War and two World Wars, along with cultural revolutions and technology evolution, our company, our people and our clients continue to drive our progress forward – from 1858 to the present day.
1858 to 1907 – The first 50 years
1858 was an iconic period in American history, with the cowboy, the pioneer and the Pony Express. Omaha Print was there, too. Originally established as the Nebraska Republican Printing Company, by 1864 it had become home to the city’s daily newspaper, The Republican. There would be plenty for the paper to chronicle in the decades ahead, with Omaha becoming a major debarkation point for settlers moving west, the end of the American Civil War and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The company changed too, becoming the Omaha Republican Printing Company in 1865. By 1890, The Republican newspaper closed and the name was removed to form the Omaha Printing Company in 1891. With the move came a focus on commercial printing.
By 1898, Omaha was the center of attention with the TransMississippi and International Exposition, a world’s fair held in Omaha in 1898, which drew more than 2.6 million people to view thousands of exhibits. President William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan were in attendance and a series of postage stamps were issued to commemorate the event. Omaha Printing Company was stockholder.
1908 to 1957 – The 20th Century
From beer barons to wagon trains and cattle stockyards, Omaha was similar to other cities at the dawn of the 20th Century. It seemed that progress was unstoppable as immigrants moved into Omaha, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis to work in these burgeoning industries. Omaha Printing Company was central to a paper-driven system of commerce and counted names like Union Pacific Railroad among its clientele.
By 1914, Omaha Printing Company had moved into its new six-story building erected with reinforced floors to withstand the tons of weight from the presses and paper. Like many leading companies of the day, Omaha Printing Company had its own baseball team, winning the city championship in 1927 and participating in a charity game along with baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Omaha Printing Company weathered the Great Depression and saw many of its employees head off to fight in World War II. With the economic boom of the 1950s, Omaha Printing Company sought out new opportunities. In 1954, it opened its first retail stationery store, catering to consumers.
1958 to 2008 – Ushering in a new Century
With the space age came the realization that the sky was no longer the limit. The space program put the first man on the moon and television ensured we didn’t miss a moment. Computers too enter the business world and by the 21st Century enable mobile computing and personal communications.
For Omaha Printing Company, the growth of business was managed with the adoption of new equipment, technology and services. To house its expanded operations, the Omaha Printing Company moved into a modern 55,000 square foot printing plant – adding space throughout the decades ahead to accommodate growth. Numerous awards for printing leadership, technology advancement and ISO 9002 certification were also highlights for the company.
With offices opening in Kansas City and Dallas, expanded capabilities and capacity to meet demand necessitated the installation of new equipment, such as multiple Heidelberg color presses, Miller press with aqueous coater, Zircon heat-set web press and saddle stitcher. In addition, the company grew through acquisition, including: Acme Mailing Services, KR Printing Company, Sirles Printing Company and Informed Fulfillment Services.
2008 to Present – Unchartered territory
Just as Omaha Print was among the first to install Apple Macintosh computers in its prepress department in the 1990s, it remains at the forefront in the use of technology and expertise in its own operations and in the ability of clients to do more to drive returns from their marketing and communications.
In addition to traditional offset, web and digital printing services, Omaha Print provides variable print, direct mail, fulfillment and mailing services. Mindful of other issues shaping the printing industry, Omaha Print was one of the first to attain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) chain-of-custody certification.
While still a prominent printer in its own hometown, Omaha Print sees more than half of its business coming from outside the state. And the company continues to realize opportunities outside the traditional printing focus, moving into photography and art printing, business to consumer efforts in direct mail and customized printing, even publishing through 1000 Doors Direct, Stonehouse Golf and OP Zing. Omaha Print is also a sponsor of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open being held at Omaha Country Club.