Pennsylvania Printers -- There's Plenty to Love in PAMay 2009 By Erik Cagle
After all, it is host to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. And, sure, sometimes it can be tough love—Philadelphia Eagles football fans once pelted Santa Claus with snowballs during a home game—but the town certainly heaps tender love when it enjoys a winner. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, the 2008 World Series champions.
We could go on and on about Philadelphia alone. It is the unofficial home to cheese steaks, soft pretzels, water ice and TastyKakes. It’s where the Mummers strut every New Year’s Day. And don’t tell us that Rocky Balboa is fictional—we have the statue and the fighting spirit to prove it.
You want history? Philly was once the capital of the United States. Ben Franklin drank beer, flew kites while pondering the meaning of life and founded the first zoo in America. Did we mention he also did a little printing? Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, sitting on her porch, Betsy Ross poked her fingertips more than a couple of times while sewing the first American flag.
But one city does not a state make. Hershey is the home of chocolate. The first baseball stadium was erected in Pittsburgh in 1909. The Steel City also hosted the first automotive service station a year later. Williamsport is home to Little League and its annual World Series. The Pocono Mountains attract thousands of skiers and lovers each year, making it one of the region’s top honeymoon destinations.
Fame and Fortune
The state has its share of notable sons and daughters: artists Andy Warhol and Mary Cassatt; authors Louisa May Alcott, Gertrude Stein and Donald Barthelme; baseballers Honus Wagner, Stan Musial, father and son Ken Griffey; footballers Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and Dan Marino; actors/entertainers Jimmy Stewart, W.C. Fields, Gene Kelly, Bill Cosby and the Barrymores; and golfer Arnold Palmer.
From our vantage point, how do you top Ben Franklin as a prominent citizen?
“This is the land of Ben Franklin, and his most conspicuous craft is printing,” notes Eric Roberts, director of sales for Philadelphia-based Bartash Printing. Roberts echoes his fellow Philadelphia-area and eastern Pennsylvania printers when it comes to the chief advantage they enjoy as businesses: the ability to reach as far north as New England and as far south as the Carolinas. When Roberts takes to the road, he is also able to ply customers with the many cuisines that make the Keystone State famous, and further leverages the advantage of being centrally located.