Prior to the turn of the Twentieth Century, William Morgan Castle started Castle Printing in a three-room basement in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The year was 1888 when he began business with two one-color presses and a type case holding a few fonts of type. The entire staff was made up of three people; Castle, a typesetter and a pressman. Despite these modest beginnings, however, quality was always the benchmark of his work.
From the beginning, Castle-Pierce has lead the way in technology and innovation. In 1899, we installed the first Linotypes in commercial use north of Milwaukee.
The Company name was changed to Castle-Pierce in 1900 when Harry Pierce, Castle's pressroom supervisor and ace pressman, became a partner. The two partners, and later Harry's son Elmer, and Castle's son William Jr., and grandson William Reilly, worked side by side until the death of Elmer Pierce in 1963. That ended the era of Pierces in the operational phase of the business.
In 1949, Castle-Pierce operated the first commercial two-color press in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin.
Castle-Pierce entered the offset printing arena.
Castle-Pierce leapt over the heads of regional competition with the addition in 1974 of a four-color press.
We celebrated our 110th anniversary with the completion of a $3.5 million expansion project. Included in the capital investments were two new presses - our 6-color Komori Lithrone 640, and Mark Andy 3200 Flexo Press, a new saddle-stitcher/folder, and 15,000 square foot Flexo Department add-on. The most impressive addition was the installation of a Computer-to-Plate operating environment. The Creo Trendsetter Platesetter harnesses a state of the art Digital Workflow that enables Castle-Pierce to meet all of the technology needs of our customers. We are poised to take advantage of all the internet and telecommunications based services.
Currently, the fourth and fifth generation of Castles manage the family-owned business. The workhorses are state-of-the-art Komori offset presses along with Comco & Mark Andy Narrow-web Flexographic presses. Additionally, Castle Pierce uses an impressive collection of prepress technology and CAD capabilities that is so vital in today's competitive printing industry.
Our extensive finishing department provides a variety of trimming, die-cutting, folding-gluing and saddle stitching services to fulfill your needs.