Graphic Chemical & Ink Company is a world leader in the fine art field of printmaking. We manufacture our own time-tested inks for etching, litho and relief printing, as well as sell screen print inks, papers, tools, chemistry, plates and supplies for all of a printmaker's needs

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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I don't want to give short shrift to the Mid-America Print Council's (MAPC) show coming up this week, but with the back-to-school rush, it's sometimes hard to remember what day it is, let alone when the next show is coming up. For the record, the dates are October 1-4, 2008.

As always, Graphic Chemical will be represented there, but this time we're only going to be there for the first two days (Thursday and Friday, October 2nd & 3rd). Due to previous, wedding-related commitments, the half day on Saturday will have to get along without us.

I'm looking forward to the show for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, we have a chance to network with many of our customers that we don't get to see all that often. We have a number of newer items that we will highlight at the Product Fair, and finally I have never been to North Dakota before. So, why is that a big deal? Well, when I land at the Fargo airport, I will have landed in my fiftieth state. It's been a goal I've had since I first set foot outside of Illinois.

In fairness, I should revise that statement so as not to get caught in a lie! It's been my revised goal for 49 years (ever since we first had 50 states. Some states haven't gotten the full treatment - Alaska, for example, has been visited twice for a total of 2 hours and Maine once for about a half hour. I'm going to get back to both soon because there are way too many customers that I haven't visited with in places like that.

Anyway, look out North Dakota, because I'm on my way - see you Wednesday evening.