History of the Garvey Group

The Garvey Group: Poised For Progress

Celebrating more than 95 years as a family-owned and operated business, The Garvey Group enjoys continuity and culture matched by few Chicagoland firms. Now among the nation's fastest growing solutions providers, The Garvey Group is constantly evolving, yet it still remains in touch with its customer-focused roots.

1919: Opening Shop

Edward A. Garvey founded Ed. Garvey & Company, which began as an office furniture store with a stationery printing business in the back.

This adage drove the early Ed. Garvey & Company to develop lasting customer relationships—and this approach still grounds the company today.

"Treat customers like you want to be treated."

Late 1940's: Finding a Niche

The second generation Edward J. Garvey joined his father's company and began to grow the commercial printing business.

1970's: Developing a Personality

Soon, office furniture was dropped from the mix, and commercial business forms became the company thrust. While the seventies saw a rising Cultural Revolution, the Garvey legacy saw change of its own. After receiving a B.S. Degree in Management from Notre Dame in 1977, Ed. Garvey, Jr., the third generation, entered the business, never expecting he'd become company president when his father died unexpectedly the following year.

The Next Twenty Years: Reinventing Success

As markets changed and new printing technologies emerged, Ed. Garvey Jr. saw the need to regroup, seeking ways to redefine the business and satisfy the needs of increasingly sophisticated customers.

Growing Strong

A series of partnerships and acquisitions in Illinois and Wisconsin expanded the company's pre-press and printing capabilities, as well as its mailing, fulfillment and distribution services. With strict parameters for how the company was to grow, Ed. Garvey & Company integrated other well-managed firms, keeping focused on their contributions to the larger effort. The result was a merging of top industry talent, high-tech equipment and progressive operations that support all aspects of supply chain management.

January 1999

Ed. Garvey Company acquires Tru Line Lithographing, Inc. (TLL), a full-service commercial printer since 1965, ranked among Greater Milwaukee's Top 25 Commercial Printers.

October 1999

C-Graphic, LLC (CG) and Global Fulfillment Services (GFS) join the mix with full-service commercial printing, warehousing, distribution, and e-commerce solutions.

May 2001

Expansion continues with the addition of SOS Forms Plus (SOS), whose reputation for printing large-volume, high-quality business forms brings Garvey's product offering full-circle.

The addition of United General Graphics (UGG), a single-source printer since 1979, further diversifies the company's equipment and capabilities.

April 2003

The acquisition of Axios adds breadth and depth to the product line with point-of-sale, packaging and other sales promotional services.

January 2004

Ed.Garvey & Company spearheads a major consolidation of the recently acquired companies by uniting itself and them under the overall banner of The Garvey Group. In addition, The Garvey Group takes significant steps to add major printing capabilities for the packaging industry.

2005-07: Blending Strength with Strategy

From 2005 through 2007, the Garvey Group continued to take major steps toward cementing the company's place as one of the Midwest's most successful printing organizations with the addition of six outstanding new KBA presses, ranging in sizes from 40 inches to 81 inches and from 4 to 10 colors. These versatile, top-of-the-line presses operate at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour and can print on almost any stock. These include paper, plastic, metalized polyester and board up to 48 points in thickness. Also added was a advertising specialties group and a new marketing communications department. Coupled with increased synergy between our divisions and new strategic initiatives, these changes promise an even brighter future.

2008: Steps Toward a Sustainable Future

The Garvey Group proudly obtained a company-wide Chain-of-Custody certification authorizing FSC© and SFI© papers. Chain-of-Custody tracks paper products throughout their life cycle beginning with proper forestry management all the way to consumption by the end-user.

Garvey Green, an environmentally conscience strategy for print, was implemented and offered to clients. This methodology uses lower volatile organic compound (VOC) press solvents and solutions and virtually zero VOC-emitting inks, coatings and UV inks.

Wide-Format DigitalWide-Format Digital2009: 90 Years and Counting

Garvey celebrates its 90th anniversary

Installation was completed of a second KBA 205 80 inch press, complete with UV technology.

The Garvey Group obtains G7 Master Printer Certification.

Installation of the a Truepress Jet2500UV grand format inkjet printer and Zund G3 2XL-1600 router/cutter/plotter.

Wide-Format Digital

2013: New Equipment & West Coast Acquisition

The need for increased capacity and workflow bring the addition of a 64" press and super size cutter at Large-Format Litho Facility in Niles, IL.

The Garvey Group acquires the Los Angeles based large-format facility of Schawk, Inc. now named The Garvey Group West Large-Format Facility LLC. The new West Coast facility offers a wide range of specialized services - especially out-of-home digital and litho products such as billboards, posters, bus shelters, building wraps, bus backs and sides.

2014: Further Expansion & Additional Capabilities

The Garvey Group acquires the Franklin, Wisconsin based operation Troyk Printing now named The Garvey Group Franklin.

Troyk was founded in 1947 as G.A. Carley Advertising and has been owned by Brian and Diane Troyk since 1988. The name was changed to Troyk Printing in 2000. It offers screen, offset and digital printing, as well as cutting, routing, heat bending, taping, grommeting, laminating, assembly, kit packing and distribution. The company mainly produces retail in-store signage, point of purchase displays and out of home signage.

This acquisition adds value to Garvey's large format in-store, digital, screen and fulfillment products and expand its capability to serve national retailers for large-format, point-of-purchase and brand marketing projects.