A FAMILY PRINTING COMPANY
After six years of running a newspaper press on Saturday nights, Robert McClure decided it was time for a change.
A pressman from Beckley Newspapers, Bob transferred to the company’s commercial division with its more attractive five-day-week. This seemingly innocuous move ignited the career of a man who became the president of his own company and of his industry’s trade association.
The association was PIVA. And the company was Central Printing.
His experience was diverse - leading to such far away places as Tokyo, where Bob was on the staff of the “Stars and Stripes,” the US military’s independent news source. Returning to Beckley after his tour in the service, Bob joined a new commercial printing plant. Here he served as pressroom foreman and superintendent for eighteen years. During this time he was elected president of the local pressman’s union and participated in contract negotiations for the union.
At the age of 45 he decided to leave his secure, comfortable position and strike out on his own. He bought half interest in Central Printing, which at the time had three employees (including Bob), all of whom were owners. Gross sales were $32,000/ year. After all bills were paid whatever was left over had to be divided three ways. Bob said, “It sure didn’t leave much to take home, but it wasn’t too hard to double your business in those early years.”
In 2004 Rick and Scott Fazio took over, and we updated to our current technology of computer-to-plate production.
In 1976 Central Printing employed 26 people and recorded a sales volume of $750,000 from 1968 to 1976. Today we post $2,000,000 in annual sales and employs 15 people. With newer, digital technology we can process orders more efficiently and accurately. A lot has changed since 1968, but our strong customer focus has never wavered.