Greater Georgia Printers, Inc. was formed in 1969 when five newspaper publishers joined forces in an effort to pool resources. The papers were converting from hot-type letterpress printing to cold-type offset printing technology and were having problems finding a suitable vendor to perform this service.
With an initial investment of $25k and upon securing bank financing, the owners purchased an old 4200 square foot grocery building in downtown Crawford, Georgia and ordered printing equipment. The largest investment they made was a four-unit Goss Community press with a purchase price of $63,000.
After major renovation to the building and installation of all the equipment, the first papers rolled off the press in November of 1969. Until 1975, GGP had one full time employee and printed weekly newspapers one or two days a week. In 1977, GGP purchased additional equipment, hired more employees and began printing other types of newsprint related products.
It soon became apparent that the small facility was no longer adequate to effectively serve their customer’s needs. In 1985, GGP purchased 14 acres on Highway 78, west of Crawford, built a 8,400 square foot building, and bought all new equipment at a cost of approximately $1m. Since then, GGP has purchased 17 additional acres adjoining the property and has made four more building additions, resulting in a 20,000 square foot facility on 31 acres.
From left to right: GOSS Sales Rep, Jere Ayers, Ralph Maxwell, Sr., Carey Williams, Sr., Bobby G. Miller, Jr., Carey Williams, Jr.
In 1987 GGP purchased a 17” x 22” single color sheetfed press and began printing basic commercial items such as flyers, newsletters, and football programs. In November of 1992, GGP purchased the equipment and customer files of an established printing company in Athens, Georgia and formed Piedmont Impressions as the sheetfed division of Greater Georgia Printers, Inc.
Our latest expansion came in 2008 when we added another 6000 square feet of production and climate controlled storage space and purchased a 40” Heidelberg press, programmable cutter, folder and a second plate setter. These new additions, combined with our other presses, design services, pre-press, bindery and mailing services, make it possible for GGP to meet all of our customers printing needs at a competitive price to give you… “Custom printing… at its best”