Bowling Green Office History

About 3 years after purchasing Gerald Printing in Scottsville, Kentucky, Joe Davis conducted a market study which showed that only 5% of the company’s sales were in Allen County and about 65% of the sales originated from Warren County. About 15% of sales related to art reproductions and related artist marketing materials outside of Allen County; however, the art printing market was starting to change. Artists were moving to digital print on demand versus printing a larger quantity to inventory. The center of the Gerald Printing marketplace was definitely Bowling Green and customers were expecting shorter turnaround times.

On April 30, 1999, Gerald Printing purchased Thomas Printing Company in Bowling Green and established an office at 628 State Street. Kelley Printing was then purchased on September 16, 1999 and merged into this same location. Joe Davis learned commercial lots owned by John Bandy were available in the Bowling Green Industrial Park on Scottsville Road just south of I-65 Exit 22. When Joe inquired about the property, John offered to sell his 24,000 square foot mattress manufacturing plant at 105 Hunter Court and they signed a Letter of Intent on November 29, 1999. In May of 2000, the main printing plant in Scottsville and the State Street office were consolidated into the new location.

Gerald Printing was now positioned in the heart of its marketplace. Most products were print on paper based and the highlight of the print shop was a Heidelberg 5 color printing press. Direct to plate technology was implemented in 2003, variable data printing and mailing services were added in 2007 and the product line was diversified further in 2009 with the addition of screen printing, embroidery, signs and eventually promotional products. Over the next 10 years offices were added in surrounding markets and now the Bowling Green location serves as the headquarters of Gerald Printing.

On September 22, 2011, a 40th Anniversary Celebration was hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at the company headquarters. Larry Gerald, the Founder of Gerald Printing in 1971 was recognized and employee longevity awards were presented. Over the next several years, Rohdes’ Inc. and Main Street Printing in Franklin as well as Southern Kentucky Printing in Bowling Green were acquired and merged into this office.

In September of 2016, Randy Reece joined Gerald Printing and he was appointed Sales Manager in Bowling Green in 2019. Randy and the Bowling Green team serve customers mainly in Allen, Simpson and Warren counties and are available to assist other offices when needed.