A short history of Shipman Print Solutions
The man in the center of the photo at right is Jacob Wahl, who, along with his two partners (whose
names are lost to antiquity), set up shop as the Wahl Printing & Binding Company in downtown
Niagara Falls, NY. The year was 1905, and, armed with a formidable arsenal of two hand-fed presses, fifty
fonts, a few hundred sheets of paper and a bicycle for transportation between sales calls, Jacob’s company
thrived and grew for some 60 years. In 1966, a young Frank Shipman, at the encouragement of his father
Everett, moved from Ohio and joined rival firm Byron Human Printing Company, where he set himself to
learning all aspects of that business while earning $125 a week. Two years later the Shipmans bought the
Wahl Printing Company and changed the name to Human Wahl Printing before adding the Shipman
Envelope Co. in 1981 to expand its market to independent distributors. Further expansion in 1984 added cut
sheets, more envelope sizes and commercial print capabilities, all under the new title Shipman Printing Industries, which was now
located on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
In 1999, nearing retirement and hoping to pass along his company to someone of like mind who
wouldkeep the business family-run and local, Frank found sharp local entrepreneur and multi-business
owner Gary Blum, who bought the company in 2000.
In keeping with Frank Shipman’s original vision, Gary has kept the company a solid fixture in
Western New York, and has continued to invest in the company’s growth. After many more upgrades,
equipment acquisitions, refinements and expansions, the company was renamed Shipman Print
Solutions and moved to its current location on Lendell Drive in Sanborn, N.Y., the new building
boasting more than double the area of the previous facility.