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1st Biannual 2014

1st Biannual 2014Featured: Happy 65 Years!

The year, 1949—when the minimum wage was $.70 per hour and a new car cost $1,420. This was also the year that Ken Bentley founded Owosso Graphic Arts.

Mr. Bentley saw an opportunity when he discovered that our local newspaper couldn’t publish photos with late-breaking stories—they just couldn’t get a photoengraving in time. So he borrowed some money from his mother, bought a photoengraver’s “how-to” kit and set up shop right next door.

Newspapers demanded fast service—late breaking news needed photos, pronto! So our first product, halftones and letterpress plates, taught us the meaning of fast turn-around. The reputation of OWOSSO’s quality and service spread quickly and before long we were making plates for newspapers across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Owosso Graphic Arts was purchased in the early 60’s by the Voight family after the sudden death of Mr. Bentley and continues to be a family owned business.

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