In 1878, the Reverend Peter Anstadt established P. Anstadt & Sons Publishers and began writing, publishing, and printing church books, Sunday school papers, and supplies. Rev. Anstadt is known as the originator of the now universally used Sunday School Quarterly.
To add historical perspective, this was only two years after the introduction of the telephone and the year before Thomas Edison invented a practical incandescent light!
Four years after founding, P. Anstadt & Sons established full operations at 117 East Princess Street in York, Pennsylvania.
As the company grew, Peter’s three sons learned the printing business and, in 1903, Charles P. (representing the second generation) took over as president.
In 1922, Charles P. purchased Selak & Bros., a rubber stamp manufacturer, and moved operations to 234 South Duke Street, where his son, Charles B. Anstadt, joined the firm.
The company continued in letterpress printing and rubber stamp manufacturing, and in 1929, following his father’s death, management of the firm was taken over by Hattie M. Anstadt and her son Charles B.
As the third-generation leader, Charles B. brought progressive ideas and was quick to incorporate new inventions such as the company’s first offset press. With an offset press and expansion of the Duke Street production facility, the company was able to begin producing a wide variety of advertising and marketing pieces.
Henry Peter Anstadt took over ownership in 1962 from his father, representing the fourth generation of family running the successful firm. Henry diversified the company’s capabilities with foil stamping, embossing, thermography, and four-color process work.
The need for additional space prompted a move to the Church Road Industrial Park right off of the I-83 Emigsville Exit.
Acquired Printing Plate Craftsmen and renamed the firm Anstadt Printing Craftsmen.
Breaking ground on a custom 20,ooo-square-foot facility at 3300 Farmtrail Road.
Matthew R. Doran and his wife Jennifer, the daughter of Henry Peter, are the fifth generation to lead the company. Matt has taken an even broader strategic approach towards the business and has brought forth many new products and marketing services beyond ink on paper. He has invested in the next generation of technology—digital printing—and upgraded to some of the most highly sophisticated printing technologies available in the global market.
With the introduction of our first HP Indigo 7900 digital press, we were able to provide new opportunities to our customers with short run, on-demand print and variable data applications previously not possible with traditional printing capabilities.
Installed our Komori 6-color offset press, which features inline aqueous coating, closed loop color control and fully automated plate changers, running at 16,000 sheets per hour.
The acquisition of HAPSCO Design & Printing Services, allowed us to offer full-service creative and graphic design services at a time when most other competitors offered only pre-press.
The Anstadt Company was rebranded to Anstadt Communications following our acquisition of HAPSCO Design & Printing Services to better illustrate our growing portfolio of marketing products and services beyond print alone.
In 2012, we entered into a whole new realm of print capabilities as an early adopter of grand format printing technology in the commercial printing space. The installation of our HP FB700 opened the door to new print applications including signage, displays and point of purchase.
Formerly known as Kurzenknabe Press and founded in 1893, K-Press was acquired as part of The Anstadt Company portfolio in November of 2014. The K-Press brand focuses specifically on political marketing campaigns, political action committees and elections, along with greater labor union-focused marketing and communications initiatives.
A 50,000-square-foot expansion to our 3300 Farmtrail Road facility (built in 1986) took place to support ongoing growth efforts driven by acquisitions, and the addition of new services and technology, including in-house mailing, fulfillment and distribution operations, creative design services and super wide format capabilities.
The addition of our VuTek GS3250x Pro super wide format press further differentiated our already highly-diversified portfolio of print technology.
The acquisition of Central File Marketing, Inc., an integrated, data-driven direct mail marketing and promotions company, firmly established us within the franchise marketing sector. Central File brought with it a talented team of target market researchers and direct mail specialists with 30+ years of inside franchise knowledge that deliver proven customer retention programs with the highest possible ROI.
2017 also brought our Scodix Print Enhancement Technology — the 4th installation of its kind in North America — to the production floor. No longer necessary to create printing plates, the Scodix paved the way for inline digital foils and variable density textures. Now one of the most utilized machines on our floor, this hot commodity allows us to remain ahead of our competitors by leaps and bounds with cutting-edge marketing innovation and building brand equity in ways never before seen.
Continued acquisitions and expansion of products and services led to a shift in brand and back to our 1878 roots. Through market research and deep-rooted understanding of legacy impact, it became clear that reverting back to The Anstadt Company would best position us for the future and longevity.
Added the HP Indigo 12000 7-color digital press, bringing with it the largest digital press sheet size available in today’s marketplace.
Acquired certain assets of Triangle Printing & Packaging, which ushered us into a full-scale movement of offering both large-scale and short-run packaging solutions as a core product offering.