PA Printer DavCo Advertising Answers Eight-Up Demand with New Four-Color Ryobi 924 Press
Esh patriarch got into printing as a hobby
DavCo Advertising is owned and operated by the Esh family: brothers Rick, Jerry and Don Esh. The company was founded in 1974 by father David Esh, then a veteran salesman of promotional products who just happened to have a side interest in printing.
“So, one day in the early 1970s,” explained Rick Esh, “our dad attended an auction and ended up with the winning bid on an old letterpress. It was a true antique—hot lead, type set by hand, printed one sheet at a time. He began tinkering with it as a hobby and before long was doing some small jobs for the local fire department and some other non-profit groups as a courtesy. He wasn’t charging anything, and he was having a lot of fun.”
David Esh’s passion and drive for quality was intense, and it showed in his print work. He quickly grew a following of local business owners who started asking him to do business cards and stationery—this time for pay.
He bought a one-color A.B. Dick press, then moved up to a two-color portrait press, a two-color landscape press and, before long, he was doing four-color work.
All the kids were involved in the business from very early on. “Some of my brothers started as toddlers, and we were all working on the business at really young ages. Dad had us doing all sorts of jobs: collating, booklet-making, numbering, cutting, folding, you name it. Eventually, all of us were running the presses.”
DavCo Advertising started as a standalone business in the family’s garage in 1974 before moving to a small facility, and then to a 10,000-square-foot facility in 1987. In 2003, success led the company to the 35,000-square-foot Kinzers, PA, facility that is the company’s headquarters today.