And they were off…
Neal and Ralph Wendling, the oldest brothers, worked for StanleyManufacturing in Dayton, Ohio. Stanley Manufacturing designed, printed, and distributed greeting cards. Years after the accident, Ralph brought home an old outdated printing press the size of today’s desktop laser printers. Perhaps with this area’s graphic arts heritage, and his brothers’ experience to draw upon, my father, the youngest sibling, became interested enough to experiment with the old press and offset printing.
In 1941, Wendling Printing was born in the dining room of the family home, producing matchbook covers, personalized cigarette wrappers, labels, business cards, and stationery. The parents’ vision of Robert working in a family business became reality in the ensuing years.
Now, over seventy-five years since the accident, we are still a family-owned business with the same determination, hard work and dedication that my father and his family fostered. Wendling Printing Company has become a leading regional provider of both sheetfed and web offset printing, graphic design, mail shop and digital printing services. We produce elaborate corporate identity pieces, striking annual reports, consumer goods packaging, catalogs, unique direct mail campaigns, and more for many divergent businesses—a world apart from the days of printing matchbook covers, cigarette wrappers, labels and business cards.