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Pauline Gindlesperger Retires After 77 Years in the Print Industry

March 28, 2012
CHAMBERSBURG, PA—March 28, 2012—After 77 years in the print industry, Pauline Gindlesperger, 94, is retiring from e-LYNXX Corp. where she has been a key advisor and corporate officer since the firm was formed as ABC Advisors in 1975 by her son, William Gindlesperger, chairman and CEO of e-LYNXX.

Prior to forming ABC Advisors, the Gindlespergers had grown their print firm to be the largest print services supplier to the federal government. The name change to e-LYNXX from ABC Advisors occurred in 1999.

“I am really proud of my son, our company and the e-LYNXX staff,” Pauline Gindlesperger said. “We are making a difference in a way that is helping others. We help our clients become more profitable. That, in turn, keeps them in business and provides jobs. That’s really important in today’s economy.”

“My mother was supportive as I formed ABC Advisors and then e-LYNXX, and her advice has been invaluable as we have grown over the years,” said William Gindlesperger. “She has been a key advisor as the company evolved from working with printers, assisting them to win work from the U. S. Government Printing Office, to the significant services that we now offer to assist print buyers in the United States and Canada to improve their print procurement process and reduce their costs for procured print at the same time.”

His mother remembers the print industry before the benefits of e-mail, the Internet, digital photography, digital printing or even photocopying:
  • Every proof had to be snail mailed, hand delivered or picked up.
  • Communications was by landline phones or in person.
  • Edits often required someone with a steady hand cutting out copy with an XACTO knife and then pasting down the correction.
  • Photos were processed in darkrooms using chemicals.
  • Faxes were sent using landline phones that required synchronization by the sender and the receiver.
  • U. S. mail was the way to send and receive letters and packages.

She also recalls when the print industry embraced large rotary presses that could print millions of copies a day. The rotary press feeds a continuous stream of paper through drum-shaped cylinders and was much cheaper to operate than any of its predecessors.

Printers also were beginning to use smaller jobbing presses—more agile, less cumbersome to set-up than the rotary press. Letter presses capable of printing small-format pieces such as letterheads, business cards and envelopes also became popular. Offset printing was not yet widely used and linotypes and hand-set type were called modern.
 

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