Dartmouth Printing Company has operated in Hanover, New Hampshire, for more than 200 years. It is a full web printer exclusively dedicated to printing short run publications, journals and catalogs on full-size web presses.
Dartmouth Printing Company began as part of Dartmouth College in 1793, printing newspapers, books, pamphlets and college catalogs. In 1843, the company became a separate entity — The Dartmouth Press.
In 1899, Frank Musgrove purchased the company and continued printing the weekly Hanover Gazette, along with local town reports and a summer camp publication. Mr. Musgrove, who served as a state representative and state senator, owned The Dartmouth Press for almost 40 years, during which time Nelson Rockefeller worked briefly as a typesetter. Kenneth Foley purchased the company in 1938 and incorporated it under the name Dartmouth Printing Company.
In 1945, Mr. Foley redirected the focus of the company from college publications to short run magazines in an effort to achieve a more even annual cash flow. Mr. Foley sold the company in 1969, and Mike Smith, the company's controller, became president. Dave Hewitt joined Mr. Smith in 1970, and together they purchased the company in 1978.
In February 1998, Dartmouth Printing Company was purchased by The Sheridan Group.
As part of its business philosophy and to demonstrably fine-tune our existing levels of quality control and customer satisfaction, Dartmouth Printing Company adopted the Deming approach to quality. In doing so, we focus on the following critical issues:
- Quality is defined by the customer.
- Quality improvement is achieved by focusing on the process, not just the product.
- Quality and quality improvement are dependent upon tapping into the knowledge and resources of the people who actually produce the product.
For us, the Deming approach continues to influence the way we do business in ways that are both significant and subtle. As an organization, we are more sensitive to the needs of our customers, and our team oriented efforts generate a sense of pride and professionalism in all our employees.
The benefits of the Deming approach are far-reaching for our customers as well. Quality, consistency, and cost and waste reduction are all ongoing efforts.
Although not as large as many of its competitors, Dartmouth Printing Company can assure you that your publication will not become lost or overlooked. And as a customer of ours, there is absolutely no question where your next issue will be printed; all of our titles are produced at the Lyme Road plant in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Our size, our organizational structure, our experience and our focus all combine to offer a unique opportunity for publishers who still feel the need for individualized service from their printer.