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The History Of Linell Graphics
Founder Cliff Grinnell purchased his first printing press for $100 and ran it out of the closet in his student housing apartment in Rochester, New York. Months later a modest business had been formed. The late-night clacking of plates, pressings and ink could be heard throughout the building. Being forced to relocate, Cliff rented a dilapidated building for $75 a month and The Printing Post was born.
The quick printing industry was growing nationwide, and The Printing Post was on the cutting edge. Unlike the older established printers, the new technology allowed printing at a lower cost with quicker deliveries. Moving into the 1980's The Printing Post experienced rapid expansion adding phototypesetters, large format presses and bindery equipment to the arsenal. But with rapid inflation of interest rates and shifting demands The Printing Post was closed.
In 1981 out of the ashes of The Printing Post, Cliff and two partners formed Oser Press. With a fresh start and years of experience Oser Press became a leader in the printing community of New York. In 1991 Cliff was bought out by his two partners. Upon completing his degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, he and his wife decided to begin a new adventure in the warmer south.
In the Late 1990’s Cliff worked in Atlanta and Birmingham for Kodak and Fuji Film selling printing supplies and equipment. In 2005 with his children nearing the end of college and an early retirement almost in reach he opened a small wide format printing shop in Alexander City, Alabama. Seeing a demand for turnkey printing, fabrication and installation Linell Graphics officially began.
In 2014 after a successful career in construction estimation, Cliff’s son David took over the growing business to imagine the next generation of Linell Graphics in Birmingham, Alabama.
Priding themselves on honesty and continuous improvement, David has built a growing team that has serviced businesses, churches, and medical facilities throughout the southeast. Specializing in wide format printing and custom displays, the culture of Linell Graphics continues as it did in 1974 through hard work, ingenuity and guts!
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