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1910 ~ Smith Printing was founded in Fort Worth, Texas by
Aaron Smith. Aaron Smith was born with no arms, learned
to write and type with his toes and worked as an editor of the
Weatherford Democrat in the early 1900’s. He began his
professional life by earning an attorney’s certificate in 1889.

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1915 ~ One of Aaron’s printing accounts was Southern
Florist magazine published by the Texas State Florist
Association. After it ceased publication during World War I
when coal was not available to warm greenhouses, Smith and
other investors revived it and published it weekly thereafter.

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1954 ~ Smith Printing was incorporated as Branch-Smith
Printing, when Aaron’s daughter Carrie Beth and her husband
Oscar Branch joined the business.

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1964 ~ Branch-Smith Printing completed a capacity
expansion of 7,500 square foot addition built next to
the house then used as an office and plant.

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1978 ~ David Branch, now Chairman / President joined
the company as a full time employee to manage the growth
of the printing company.

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1983 ~ Branch-Smith Printing purchased a larger building
next door to increase it’s manufacturing facility to a total of
45,000 square feet, while completely remodeling both the
corporate office and the plant. During this expansion, the
company’s first four color press was installed as well as a
perfect binder for soft bound publication work.

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1990’s ~ Our customers and Branch-Smith Printing moved
to desktop publishing. To support this undertaking,
the company greatly expanded the bindery services and
the prepress services as well as the electronic infrastructure
to give the company the ability to be an Internet Service
Provider (ISP).

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1999 ~ Branch-Smith Printing makes a significant
investment of over $2 million in capital improvements into
equipment to increase sales and expand services. Reconfiguring
its printing plant through the purchase of new equipment, the institution
of more efficient work processes and by hiring additional staff,
the company sets goals to double sales in the next two years. New
equipment included an eight -color Heidelberg Press, which allows
process color inks to be printed on both sides of a sheet at one pass.
Computer-To-Plate, CTP the latest in prepress technology
which enables direct conversion of computer files to printing
plates without film. In addition to the capital investments,
five sales reps and three customer services reps were
brought on board and twenty additional employees were
hired over the next year.

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2001 ~ Branch-Smith Printing adds a second eight-color
Heidelberg Press to fill out the press room capabilities which
now includes, two- eight color 40” Heidelberg Presses,
one-four color 40” Heidelberg Press, and a two color 40”
Heidelberg Press.
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2002 ~ Branch-Smith Printing is awarded the
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