Our Story is The American Dream.
In post war Germany, a man named Franz Beisser set out to learn the printing trade as a young apprentice. During these formative years, he learned the importance of craftsmanship, attention to detail and responsible use of materials. After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Franz spent the next 20 years perfecting his craft as a student, journeyman and teacher.
In 1977, he moved his family to Bedford, Virginia, built a house and opened B&B Printing in his basement. There, he and his wife Emily quickly established a company with a reputation for excellent service and craftsmanship.
By 1980, the business had outgrown the basement and was moved to a renovated building in the City of Bedford (now the Town of Bedford). By 1990, Al Beisser, one of three sons, came home from college and began his full time career in the company. By 1995 the other two sons, Franz and Chris, had joined the team as well. With a strong, united vision, the family business grew from a local ‘mom and pop shop’ into a strong player in the Virginia commercial printing market.
Each year was marked by new and exciting growth, and by 1999, B & B Printing had either renovated or added on to the downtown facility four times and had run out of space. In the spring of 2001, ground was broken for a sparkling new facility just outside the city limits. By October of that year, the business moved to the new location and was finally able to upgrade equipment and infrastructure. For competitive reasons, the final touch was changing the company name and corporate identity to Bison Printing, Inc.
Once in the cavernous new facility, it seemed as though the company would never run out of space, but by 2017 the plant was completely full with multiple rented storage containers scattered around the outside of the building. In the spring of 2019, ground was broken on our latest expansion, which will be used for paper storage, light finishing, and shipping services. Soon after this expansion is finished, we plan to create more space for our wide format business. At Bison Printing, we are always looking to grow to better serve our customers.