In 1960 Robert Porter and Albert L. Griffin bought a bankrupt printing company on Temple Street in Los Angeles and turned it into one of the top sheetfed printing companies in Los Angeles. Printing clients served included Hughes Aircraft, Walt Disney, Security Pacific Bank and many of the Advertising Agencies that had offices on Wilshire Blvd back in the day, including legendary designer Saul Bass. In 1966 Porter & Griffin Commissioned Walt Disney Cartoonist/Artist Ward Kimball to create the poster shown above which was handed out to guests and customers at the open house celebration at the new expanded print facility of Porter & Griffin located at 120 W El Segundo Blvd in Los Angeles. Both partners were very active in the Printing Industry Association of Southern California. Bob Porter sold his partnership shares in the company in 1967 to William "Bill" Shraegle who came west from St Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota and made his home in Newport Beach, CA with his wife and four children. The company had a great run until both partners decided to sell the company in the early 1980s.
Although the brick and mortar of Porter & Griffin Printers and Lithographers no longer exists the tradition of print in the Griffin Family continues through JBgmg ...
We are expanding. If you are a commercial printer owner sales manager or design firm owner or sales manager that would like to offer your services to JBGmg we look forward to hearing from you.
Are you a Sales Rep with "Ink in your blood" looking to work part- time from home or as many hours as you wish as an Independent Design /Print Sales associate for JBGmg. If you would like to learn more about this commission based opportunity please give "JB" Griffin a call @ 562.810.8881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We offer free Business cards for our independent reps and free leads along with generous commission splits for all new and repeat orders.
As the founder of JBGmg and son of Albert L. Griffin Jr. I have great memories of working at my Dad's print establishment and learning the printing industry from the press room to the front office. Although my Dad did not attend college he worked his way up from being a delivery driver at Eureka Press in Los Angeles to becoming the co-founder and President of Porter & Griffin Printers & Lithographers from 1960 to 1982. While the printing industy has changed drastically due to computers, digital technology and the internet the constant that remains is that graphic communications and print media in hard copy form still exisits and will remain forever. Yes, packaging, labels, direct mail, speeding tickets, menus, newsletters, magazines, bibles and books are still with us!
If you would like to discuss your next print project give JBGmg a call. We would love to hear from you.
Our presses are waiting !
"JB" Griffin, Founder
B.S, Degree in Printing Management
JBGmg started over 43 years ago as a printed products publishing company with two products, trimcards Weight and Health Management system for life ( a 30 days suuply of printed filecards) and JBGmg sportscards of yourself which we still publish today for individuals and teams. As a self publisher of two books JBGmg offers affordbale design /print services for self publishers through our design/print network.
The Printing Business in in Los Angeles as I remember it 1960s – 1982
Growing up in So Cal I remember going to my dad’s printing business on a few Saturdays to watch my dad work in the print shop from concept to completion for our family Holiday cards that Dad designed and printed. His company was located on Temple Ave off the Hollywood Fwy. I vividly recall the strong smell of the printers ink, my 1st experience of getting ink into your blood as they would say.
My Dads company would later become a full-time job for me. I started as a floor boy in the summer of 1972 at his plant which had moved from Temple Ave near downtown LA in 1966 to a larger facility located at 120 West El Segundo Blvd in South Los Angeles. As a floor boy and pressman’s helper my job was to keep the shop floors clean and do wash ups on the printing presses between jobs to make the ink fountains and offset blankets ready for the next print jobs.
After the Summer of 1972 with ink in my blood, I decided after graduation from High School to pursue a career in the printing industry. I attended college to earn a degree in Printing Management which I obtained in 1977 from California State University, Los Angeles. I started my formal printing education at Pasadena City College in 1972 while still in High School under the direction of Professor Wally Bennett who was also one of my instructors at Art Center College of Design where I took some night classes. After Pasadena City College, I transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York in 1974 majoring in Printing Technology. After a year at RIT I transferred back home to California to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1975-1976 Majoring in Graphic Communications before finally finishing my Printing Management degree at Cal State Los Angeles. After graduation my dad made me an offer I could not refuse to work at his Printing Company Porter & Griffin Printers & Lithographers as an Outside Print Salesman. After a brief Training program, I hit the road running. Within a few years on the job, I was able to earn enough money from sales commissions to buy my first home at the age of 24. Most of the Printing companies and related service providers such as paper, ink, binderies etc, we competed against and bought services from in addition to my dad’s company are no longer in business or have been swallowed up by other companies. The companies I remember still stick in my mind along with the individuals who I competed with in sales for many years. North Hollywood Printing Co, Penn Litho, Scott & Scott, Anderson Litho, Color Graphics, Welsh Graphics, George Rice & Sons, Rotary Offset Printers, Franklin Press, Crown Printing, Parker & Sons, Kenyon Press, Columbia Litho, Sinclair Printing, Gardner/ Fullmer, Costello Bros., Gilmore Envelope, Hart Bindery, Castle Press, Typecraft, Haagen Printing, Overland Press, Queen Beach Printers, World Color, Ultra Color, Noland Paper, Blake Moffit & Towne, Crown Zellerbach Paper Co., Kramer Ink, Gans Ink, Eureka Press, Uarco, Westform Industries, CGX, Standard Register, Moore Busines Forms, Bowne, Calsonic Miura, Colorscope, Phoenix Graphics & Printing, Jeffries Banknote, Graphic Press, to name a handful of the top LA printers, paper suppliers, typesetters, color separators, binderies, service providers back in the day. Los Angeles in the 80's once had about 2000 print companies and service providers, so hard to name them all. So many great companies and great people and a few still around today with many new players.
With all that said printing is alive and well in LA although different. The Digital world changed the Printing Industry drastically and eliminated photo composition, film, stripping etc. Today digital presses and offset presses are in almost every larger print facility and the price for printing jobs has been reduced due to the cost effective digital prepress and digital print options.
At JBGmg today (yes we still have ink in our blood) we worked for many companies and now represent a wide variety of design/prepress/digital and offset print facilities across the nation as a print broker / manufacturers agent and invite you to give us a call on your next marketing, design/ print project.
Operators are standing by to take your call @ 562.810.8881 or you can email us @ email@example.com
As a Licensed Real Estate / Business Broker in California, JBGmg can sell your printing Business and real estate in California. DRE LIC# 01229433
With over 40+ years experience in the Printing Business we know printing.
We will valuate your printing business with our team and offer an agreed price with the owners and terms as a Business Opportunity Sale. If a business owns the land the business opportunity is located on we can offer the Business Opportunity with Real Estate included.
Call Real Estate Broker "JB" Griffin, Owner of JBGMG for a confidential appointment @ 562.810.8881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JBGmg serves the design /printing needs for clients throughout the USA. The plants and manufacturing faciilites are suited to serve our clients printing needs with competitive prices, top quality and meet our exceed our clients expectations for quality, service and price.
For your next design /printing project or ongoing or future printing projects call JBGmg at 562.810.8881 or email quotes@JBGmg for free quote. We will fit your project to the right equipment at the right price and will meet or exceed your expectations.
Over the years "JB" Griffin owner of JBGmg has served the printing needs for hundreds of clients throughout his career for a variety of print projects ranging from emboseed and foil stamped top shelf business cards to Annual Reports, Full Color Catalogs, Die Cut Products, Folding Cartons, Litho Labels for packaging, Posters, Inserts and more! Today with over 40+ years of experience JBGmg represents some of the top printing companies as a Independent Manufaturer's rep in the USA including Ennis which has a nationwide footprint of over 60 facilities and is traded on the NYSE and RRD the world's largest printer with a a natiowide production platform that has the ability to produce the widest array of products including statement and billing services, Books, commercial print, Directories, Forms, Labels, Warehousing and fulfillment services, Magazines, Catalogs. Premedia and direct mail. RRD is has been in business 150 years is in 28 countries with 200 locations and has over 30,000 employees worldwide.
a partial list of printed products produced by print facilites represented by JBGmg
JBGmg also offers creative marketing and graphic design services through our network or Independent Designers and experts in prepress to offer our customers colorful and branded marketing materials. We provide prepress servies that include providing print ready files to the printers specifications for every print order including industry standard proofing.
• Porter & Griffin Printers & Lithographers
• Parker & Son Publications
• Welsh Graphics
• Westform Industries
• Kenyon Press
• Columbia Litho
• Gilmore Envelope
• Z Graphics
• Phoenix Graphics and Printing
• Lombard Graphics
• Calsonic Miura
• Minuteman Press Corona Del Mar
• Superior Litho
• Crestec Document Engineering
• ITP Strategic
• Standard Register
• K-1 Packaging Group
• Westamerica Graphics
• American Litho CGX
• Supreme Graphics
Currently "JB" Griffin represents over 50 + design and
print, packaging companies throughout the USA as
an independent sales agent, Broker and distributor.
to reach "JB" call 562.810.8881 or email email@example.com
The plants we represent offer full bindery services and labor intensive finishing services
Make your Print Materials stand out with Gold or Silver Foil Stamping and Embossing
Save Money Ink and Toner. We offer Volume Digital Printing services for long run copy projects
We Print Menus from Take out disposible menus to fine dining leather bound and Foil Embosed Permanent Menu Covers with Inserts
Direct Mail to homeowners and business in your target markets
Serving Architects and Home Builders
Walt Disney, Bullocks, Lawrys Foods, Beelner & Thomas, Frank Salazar Design, Hughes Aircraft, USC , UCLA, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Wamart, Fredericks of Hollywood, Allen & Allen, Lightcraft , Douglas Furniture, Devlin Pharmaceuticals, Huntington Hospital, Charlton 21 Furniture, Cal State LA, Toyota USA, Unitours, Vemco, House of Fabrics, Transamerica Insurance, Bank of America, Mr. Nature, Intercraft Industries, Volt Technical Services, Standard Brands Paint, Western Gear Corporation, Insurance Media Services, Everest & Jennings, Saul Bass Design, Kevin Riley Design, Pasadena Plaza, Junior League of Pasadena Ralph M. Parsons, World Vision, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Pasadena Adult Chapter, Marshall Industries, Scanbe Electronics. First Interstate Bank, Gibraltor Savings and Loan. Home Saving of America, Los Angeles Rams, Virco, West Coast Cycle, Sparkletts Drinking Water, Loyola Marymount University, Hughes Aircraft, Aerospace Industries, Neutrogena, Cactus Candy Company, Scottsdale, AZ , Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce , Arco Petroleum and many more ...
As a seasoned design and print representative for decades JBGMG can match your printing neeeds with the right printer to match your needs. The design, print facilities we represent are located throughout the USA and offer a wide range of design, , prepess and print cabilities from A-Z.
JBGmg offer digital and offset printing services for a wide range of print projects from A-Z . We represent some of the top printers in the USA as a manufacturers representative and distributor