Irving Press is a family-owned printing and graphics company that produces catalogs, brochures, direct mail, sell sheets, posters and just about any other project that prints ink or toner on paper.
The company was founded in 1918 and its name comes from the multiple locations it had over the years along Irving Park Road in Chicago before moving to Elk Grove Village in 1975.
Since the beginning, Irving Press has been a family-owned business. Jerry Gaul, Jr. and his father Jerry Gaul, Sr. have worked together for 25 years. Jerry, Sr. started with the company in 1968. Father and son have owned the business and run the shop together for the past 15 years.
When asked about the benefits of being based in Elk Grove, Jerry highlighted the advantages far and wide--and near as well.
“Elk Grove is our hub to the Chicago area,” Jerry said. “We’re near O’Hare Airport and can service all of the city as well as the suburbs.”
Today, Irving Press has customers from every part of the city, the northwest suburbs and even the south suburbs. In fact, Jerry insists on maintaining the personalized touch he inherited from his father by hand-delivering work whenever possible.
“If we can deliver it in our own vehicles, we will try to do it. Even if the customer is an hour or more away,” he said.
For the print jobs that must be shipped, after hours, and in a hurry, Jerry appreciates Elk Grove’s close proximity to O’Hare’s FedEx dropoff hub.
Interestingly, as much as Jerry touted the revenue driving benefits of Elk Grove’s location, he spent even more time discussing unspoken partnerships with other local businesses and the way the village came to him during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We work with a lot of businesses in the area who are similar to us,” Jerry said. “We work with mailing houses, binderies, and die cutting companies. Having access to those resources allows us to be a full, one-stop shop for our customers.
“And when it comes to keeping the business running, we have everything we need right here, for example at Miller Industrial, the local hardware store.”
During the pandemic Josh Grodzin, Nick Radcliffe, and two of the village trustees reached out to schedule a site visit to see how the business was doing and how they could help.
“It made us feel a part of the community and felt like we weren't alone,” Jerry said. “People are interested in us, in our survival and keeping us going.
“If you give a print job to Irving Press, it’s going to be done right and delivered on time, “Jerry added. “We appreciate all the opportunities and resources in Elk Grove Village that allow us to achieve our business goals.”
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Please email Josh Grodzin at JGrodzin@elkgrove.org to learn more about our business park and all the benefits that come from working here!