David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.09.09
When it comes to the world of business, one never knows how a new company will be started. A person may set out to start their own business, or a few people from the same company may begin their own venture. Sometimes, people from different companies decide to go into business together.
Those were the circumstances behind the founding of Top Level Printing Ink, a Dallas, TX-based printing ink distributor and manufacturer. Top Level Printing Ink was started in 1997 by Billy Ragland, Doug Raley and the late Ronnie Lemaster, who passed away in September 2001.
All three men had been in the printing ink industry in the Dallas area for many years. Mr. Lemaster owned Lemaster Litho Supply, which was acquired by Flint Ink in 1991, and Mr. Ragland had worked with him before joining Flint Ink. Mr. Raley had spent 13 years at Atlas Printing Ink, another Dallas ink manufacturer.
By 1997, the three men, who had known each other for many years, decided it was time to go into business for themselv
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