From humble beginnings through our 75+ years of dedicated service
Our founder, James J. Callahan, began in Waukegan with the Callahan Dairy Co.,
which he founded and
operated until the sale of the business to Beatrice Creamery Company in 1928.
As most businessmen of his time, Jim Callahan invested his money in stocks. As a
side investment, he
purchased stock in the Waukegan Franklin Press, Inc. In April 1933, he found
himself wiped out by the
stock market crash which led to the Great Depression. His sole remaining asset
was with a small near-
bankrupt print shop. He planned to reorganize the company to start over again,
and was in search of a
name. At that time, the print shop was located near the downtown terminal of the
North Shore Electric
Railroad, and as one of the coaches squealed around the corner, the name North
Shore Printers was taken
on. The company restarted with four antiquated presses and 15 men working part
time to keep something
coming in for everyone.
During its early years the company operated on a hand-to-mouth cash basis, but
through the diligence and
efforts of Jim Callahan and the others of North Shore Printers, the company
gradually reached a stable
position and began to grow. The business in the thirties, forties and fifties
revolved around letterpress
commercial and publication printing. In the late fifties, offset lithography was
added to the company. This
area of the company grew through the sixties and seventies, while the
letterpress side of the business was
met with decline. By the mid-seventies, all letterpress operations were ended
except those used for die-
cutting, imprinting or numbering, etc. The offset lithography side of the
business continued to expand with
equipment being updated almost constantly.
Over the years, many family members have contributed to the growth and success
of the company. Jim
Callahan’s children Harold Callahan, Edward Callahan, Alice (Callahan) Galbraith and
Galbraith saw the company through after the passing of its founder. Today Jim’s grandchildren continue
the legacy after over 75+ years as a family-owned business.
North Shore Printers, Inc. is a certified women-owned, operated, controlled
business and is the original,
and at this time, the only union label printer in Lake County, Illinois.
North Shore is always wonderful to work with! No matter what the request, it’s never met
with a “no,” just a “let me see.” They help you figure it out, meet tight deadlines and
always do it with a smile. Having a printing partner like them makes everyone
involved look good and you have a fabulous product to boot! It has been and will
continue to be a true pleasure to work with them!
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