Over 50 Years of Company History
Founded in 1956 by Leon Gregory, Gregory Sign Advertising supplied signage needs in and around central Kansas, specializing in hand lettered signs, screen printing and outdoor advertising billboards. Beginning in the mid-1960’s, Leon expanded the scope of the business even further into the fabrication and servicing of electrical backlit and neon signs.
During these beginning years, Leon was an early adopter of a new adhesive backed film technology developed by the 3M Company. Leon made extensive use of the reflective material in the manufacturing of outdoor advertising billboards and used the standard vinyl material for the screen printing of all kinds of decals. Leon recognized the potential to the Sign Industry these new materials held.
The 1970’s were years of significant change for Leon and the business. The business was incorporated and renamed GREGORY, INC. Electrical signage, billboards and hand lettering were phased out and screen printing and die cutting capabilities were expanded. These were the first steps in changing the focus of the business from that of a local sign shop to a national provider of wholesale vinyl graphics and vinyl lettering to the sign industry. Leon recognized that the industry needed a reliable national wholesale supplier that could cut, print and fabricate these materials into finished graphics, ready for the local sign company to install.
In the 1980’s, the sign industry began adopting pressure sensitive vinyl as an alternative to hand lettering, just as Leon had predicted. GREGORY, INC. invested heavily in computerized cutting equipment and became the major supplier of lettering to the Sign Industry. Even today, we have the largest installed capacity to produce on-demand lettering of anyone in the United States.
GREGORY began its Signmaking Materials and Supplies Distribution Division in 1984. Today, GREGORY is a national distributor of Trendfilm, 3M, Avery, Oracal, Sihl, Signgold, R Tape, Clear Focus, TransferRite, Main Tape and others. Additionally, GREGORY is a national distributor for HP Aqueous and Latex Printers, Mutoh and Graphtec solvent inkjet printers, Graphtec and Mutoh cutting plotters, Flexi, PhotoPrint and Onyx software and GBC laminators and Keencut trimmers.
In the 1990’s, GREGORY further expanded wholesale graphics manufacturing capabilities with the purchase of one of the first 3M Scotchprint Graphics digital printing systems. As technology has advanced, GREGORY has continued to invest in the latest high speed, large format digital printers. The growth of digital printing has not overshadowed the unique capabilities of screen printing. As a result, our wholesale screen printing capabilities have also grown, with the installation of high speed automatic printing lines.
Today, GREGORY is the only national distributor in the United States with the ability to offer its customers complete wholesale graphics manufacturing capabilities, along with material, supplies and equipment distribution services. The reputation for service, quality and integrity we have built over the last fifty years has positioned us as a trusted industry supplier and allows us to continue to serve the 30,000 graphics professionals we proudly call customers.
We look forward to the future as we continue to serve you and the Graphics Industry.
At GREGORY we say … Together We, Together We Can, and Together We Will.