Ovation Graphics Acquires the Assets of Branch-Smith PrintingJanuary 5, 2012
“Based on Printing Impressions 2011 list of the 400 largest printers in the United States, Ussery and Ovation would, on a consolidated basis, rank as the fifth largest printer in our Metroplex and in the top 200 printers nationwide,” said Hanson.
Ovation continues a heritage that began over 100 years ago when Aaron Smith opened Smith Printing in 1910 in Fort Worth. Born without arms, Aaron learned to write and type with his toes, eventually earning an attorney’s certificate in 1889 and working as an editor at the Weatherford Democrat in the early 1900s.
By the 1920s, Smith and a group of investors revived Southern Florist magazine, which was discontinued during World War I because no coal was available to heat greenhouses. They published it weekly and set the stage for a burgeoning expansion of business into association publications. By 1954, Aaron’s daughter Carrie Beth and son-in-law Oscar Branch joined the business, incorporating as Branch-Smith.
Over the next few decades, the company expanded, adding a larger plant adjacent to the original home that had initially been used as both office and printing facility. More family members became involved, and in the 1970s Aaron’s grandson David Branch came on board and eventually led further expansion in the 1980s to increase total manufacturing space to over 45,000 square feet and added new presses and bindery equipment. By the close of the 20th century, Branch-Smith supported the move to desktop publishing with electronic prepress and printing infrastructure in place to expand into the digital age.
As reflected in the core values that have guided the enterprise since its founding, Ovation continues the Branch-Smith tradition of “...honoring God in the pursuit of excellence with integrity and commitment to customer success, all the while acting as wise stewards of precious natural resources.”
Company headquarters and the main printing facility are located at 120 St. Louis Ave. in Fort Worth, and the company website remains at www.branchsmith.com.