In celebration of the milestone, the company hosted employees, suppliers and customers along with family and friends at their Baltimore, MD facility, and then again in Cleveland, OH.
From its early days as the Braden Ink Company to today, Braden Sutphin Ink has come a long way from its beginnings in 1913, when Jim Braden started the Braden Ink Company, a letterpress ink specialist, on the fifth floor of the Vulcan building on St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland.
Al Sutphin was the company’s first employee, as a general worker, and he eventually purchased 100% control of the company in the 1920s, with the name of the company switching to The Braden Sutphin Ink Company.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presented Braden Sutphin CEO Jim Leitch with a proclamation acknowledging the commitment of the company to remain Cleveland-based during the entire 100-year history, and for the company’s commitment to its employees and the community.
“Working for a family business is something you take to your heart,” Mr. Leitch said. “There is always an extra commitment and passion to sustaining our reputation.”
The company formally recognized Jane Sutphin Leitch, Jim Sutphin, Alberta Sutphin Stoney and Cal Sutphin for their dedication to the ink industry and for their leadership through the years of the oldest privately held ink company in the U.S . Brad Bergey, executive director of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), was in attendance to help recognize this prestigious event.