At The Dingley Press, located in Lisbon, Maine, we have been serving the unique needs of catalogers since 1928, with an uncompromising dedication to always doing what is in the best interest of our customers.
Our long-term success reflects a level of care and service our customers simply cannot find elsewhere. It’s why our customers are so loyal, and what sets us apart from our competition.
The Dingley Press began more than 80 years ago in the Lewiston-Auburn area in southern Maine. Soon after that, it moved to Portland, and then to Freeport, when a long term relationship developed with L.L. Bean.
From 1940 to 1972, The Dingley Press was a tenant of L.L. Bean, occupying the ground floor of the L.L. Bean retail store building and printing catalogs by sheetfed letterpress. New printing methods came along, allowing The Dingley Press to advance from rotary letterpress, to sheetfed offset, and ultimately to web offset, with the move to a new facility in Freeport in 1972.
The Dingley Press grew throughout the 1970s due in large part to L.L. Bean, which experienced dramatic growth during this time. At that time, L.L. Bean decided to change its catalog printing process to rotogravure, which eliminated The Dingley Press from eligibility as a vendor. When the contract ended in the spring of 1981, Chris Pierce, who has been with The Dingley Press since 1972, purchased the company. Under Mr. Pierce's leadership, the company grew from 30 employees to over 500 employees.
In the years since, The Dingley Press moved into a new plant in Lisbon, Maine, continuing to support existing catalogers while developing new relationships in an extremely competitive market. In May 2004, The Dingley Press was purchased by The Sheridan Group. The Dingley Press remains the same flexible, independent business it has always been, but now with the support of a much larger company. The Dingley Press is now currently ranked as the 5th largest catalog printer in the nation. It’s been the hard work of dedicated employees, an unwavering commitment to our customers, a positive attitude, and a little luck, that allows Dingley to persevere.