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Scholler Keeps Times Printing Flying High

October 2002
BY ERIK CAGLE


Ray Scholler owes a great deal of debt and gratitude to his father, Henry (H.C.) Scholler, founder of Random Times Publishing, forerunner to Times Printing. In terms of passing down wisdom, the founder of the 84-year-old printing concern couldn't offer business acumen to his son.

"He taught me not to do business the way he did it," says Ray Scholler. "He was not a very good business man. He traded everything out—even the groceries were traded for advertising in the weekly newspaper—and had very little cash. As I got into the business, I knew that wasn't going to work. He'd never be able to buy any equipment or be able to pay anybody to work for him. He was a grand man and everybody loved him. But as far as making money, he didn't know a thing. He was a good salesperson, but he didn't know how to charge for it."

The founder was merely a product of the times—a poor horse trader willing to accept goods in lieu of money in exchange for his printing work on an old-fashioned Chandler & Price hand press. But he clearly passed down a tireless work ethic and a vision for success to his son, who took that single press and parlayed it into a $60 million company with 450 employees, making it the pride of Random Lake, WI. It also earned Ray Scholler a place in the 2002 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame.

Scholler not only kept the business in the family, now in its fourth generation of ownership, he kept it in Random Lake. But that's not to say it hasn't grown in the last 80-plus years.


Times Printing recently constructed a 100,000-square-foot addition as part of a $16 million expansion project.
Times Printing completed a three-year, $16 million expansion project recently that saw the company construct a 100,000-square-foot addition to its facility, giving the company 355,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The project included the installation of its third new web press in as many years, a Heidelberg M-130, along with ink-jet imagers for personalization, Creo computer-to-plate capabilities, color scanners and automatic binder feeders.

Scholler is as old as the company, having been only two weeks old when H.C. Scholler accepted a guarantee of $1,500 a year in advertising from the Random Lake Advancement Association to start a newspaper for the community.
 

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