From the beginning, Conlin’s was a family affair, founded by husband and wife team Mike and Jane Conlin in 1980. Mike grew up in the printing business working for Philadelphia Blue Print Company, Teledyne Post, and the Xerox Corporation. With his extensive knowledge of the print and copy industry, Mike launched his own venture in 1980. Since the inception of Conlin’s, Mike had always pursued the latest in technological advances in his field, and has built a successful business by staying ahead of the curve while still maintaining a personal approach.
In his younger years, Mike took on a variety of jobs, which included working as a milkman and a bellhop. At one point, when there wasn't any work available, he hitchhiked to California to find work. Always an entrepreneur, he once sold trash bags at JFK stadium to protect Army-Navy game fans from the rain. At one point, he even had a t-shirt stand on the Wildwood boardwalk where he printed people's photos onto t-shirts.
Marriage & Early Career
On July 22, 1950 at the age of 20, Jane and Mike tied the knot. At the time, Mike was honing his salesmanship abilities at Philadelphia Blueprint. He also worked for Xerox from 1975-1980. At last in 1980, Mike borrowed 10,000 each from two friends to start his own venture, Conlin's Copy Center.
Mike, Jane, and their son Bill all came together to get the company up and running. In that time, it was unusual for women to be a part of the workforce, but Jane not only worked for Conlin's, but she shepherded the early computerization of the company. Five years later, Michael, his other son, joined the company as well. To keep costs down, the first Conlin's delivery truck was a purple mail truck this truck was actually Bill's personal vehicle for a time.
The First Building
The Geodesic Dome
Our Current Home
2016 and Beyond
Today, Conlin’s has expanded to three locations in King of Prussia, Malvern, and Horsham, and other family members have joined the business along the way. Bill Conlin, President, operates the business office with Bill Conlin, Jr. a Sales Executive. Nephew Jim DiBattista runs the Horsham office. Our principles are to never say no, to deliver quick-turnarounds, to stay ahead of the technology curve, and to always tell the truth. Our family approach to business has resulted in long-time loyal employees, some who have been with us for over 26 years.
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