On Pentecost Sunday of 1984, Charles B. “Chuck” White announced from the pulpit at Saint Luke’s Church that he was looking for another job to supplement his income from his part time work in Ministry for the Diocese of Norwich. William McMillen offered Chuck a partnership in starting a company to do printing for WordCom, a direct mail company. At first, WordCom was the principal customer, but then the company began to grow as it acquired several new, diverse accounts. Bill McMillen passed away a few years later, and his wife Karen later became a partner. Chuck and his wife Carol became the owners. After a period of financial hardship, the company finally began to flourish through the efforts of Dick D’Avanzo, a friend of Chuck’s who generously offered his business expertise, loyalty, and prayerful support. In the mid 90’s, the Ellington Printery purchased MedPrint, a company that specializes in providing customized forms for the medical field. This acquisition proved to be a wise business decision that has provided both diversification and stability for the business. The work of Keith Poirier, MedPrint’s sales manager at the time, also greatly facilitated this time of growth. It was also within that era that Element’s Design Studio was purchased. With this as a resource, the Ellington Printery was able to diversify to more fully serve its customers.

Ellington is a classic New England Farm town. As you enter the town from any direction, you’ll drive by breathtaking views of cornfields, dairy cows, apple orchards, and sheep pastures. The center of town features a picturesque array of historic buildings, quaint gazebos, and scenic walkways… including one path that leads directly to the replica 1800’s home of the Ellington Printery. It was originally located at 31 Main Street and then at 33 Main Street, between Arbor Park and the Ellington Fire Department. The town eventually purchased the property upon which both buildings are situated and, in 2001, it was necessary for the business to relocate. The timing was perfect, as a new facility with expanded capacity was much needed. The Ellington Printery is presently located at 77 Meadow Brook Road in a spacious building surrounded by the tranquil scenery of Ellington’s beautiful farmland. Less than one mile away is the Circa 1878 Ellington farmhouse where the company founder Chuck White and his wife Carol raised 11 children!

Chuck White died suddenly and unexpectedly on November 27, 2002. His daughter Claudia joined his son and long-time employee Carleton to keep the business thriving under his wife Carol’s ownership. The Ellington Printery is now certified as a Minority Business Enterprise. At present, the management consists of Carol White, Owner; Claudia White, Business Manager; Carleton White, Graphic Design and Prepress Manager; Debbie Hatch, Senior Customer Service Representative; Sandra Rittweger, Billing Manager, Robert Weber, Press and Production Foreman; and Stephen Kelly, Bindery and Shipping Foreman.

With its loyal staff and outstanding facility, the Ellington Printery has an ongoing commitment to growth, service, and discovering new ways to accommodate the needs of its customers. As new print technology is introduced, equipment is regularly updated to keep up with current trends. Most importantly, the Ellington Printery is dedicated to establishing and building mutually beneficial relationships with its customers and suppliers.

Over the years, we’ve discovered that our best customers tend to be those who have purchased printing services from other firms and appreciate the Ellington Printery difference. For example:

  • The Ellington Printery will take the initiative to suggest changes to your printing specifications before the artwork is created or completed if we think that there is a more effective and economical way to print your materials while still accomplishing your communication objectives.
  • The Ellington Printery does not charge an additional fee for PDF’s or hard copy proofs unless there are multiple revisions from the original specifications. Industry standards allow printers to charge for press overruns up to 10%. However, if you order a specific quantity of any item printed in-house from us, you pay for that quantity. If we have a pressrun overage, we give you the extras for FREE. If there is a shortage due to an unforeseen production problem, we would prorate downward from the quoted price.
  • The Ellington Printery does not play games with deadlines. If we cannot make your deadline, we’ll tell you up-front before you place your order. If we commit to a deadline, we will honor it. If we hit a production glitch and cannot make your deadline, we will call to alert you and develop a reasonable solution. We also provide the personalized service and delivery options that you’d expect from a full-service commercial print shop.
  • The Ellington Printery offers a comprehensive Forms Management System, which is designed to streamline your printing ordering process and provides you with significant savings in time, money, and energy. For each participating client, we establish and maintain a book which contains a sample of every printed item purchased from us. We provide you with a complete copy of this book, which is indexed for ease of ordering. When you need to reorder an item, simply call or fax the item number, quantity, and the desired date of delivery. We do the rest.
  • We offer a 5% discount off the bottom of all invoices to Forms Management customers who agree to purchase the majority of their printing and/or filing needs (at least 12 items) from us.
  • We also have a “Bill & Hold” option that allows you to take full advantage of quantity pricing without the accompanying storage problem.

If you’re an existing customer, we thank you and ask that you hire us to meet all of your diverse printing and direct mail needs. If you’ve never hired us, please give us a try and experience the Power of the Printed Word like never before!

Since 1984, the Ellington Printery has grown from a small, family-owned printing shop to a full service company which has never lost its personal touch. It is now certified as a Minority Business Enterprise. The management considers its staff and associates to be its greatest resource. Every job and every customer is important, and there is a commitment to taking the time and communicating until the task is complete and the customer is satisfied. The Ellington Printery can create and develop sophisticated printed materials of superior quality based upon an individual’s time frame and budget.

The Ellington Printery’s extensive portfolio contains stationery, business cards, envelopes, flyers, brochures, newsletters, catalogs, annual reports, pamphlets, office forms, direct mail pieces, continuous pin-fed forms, labels, and advertising specialty items. These various custom products require different degrees of typesetting, graphic design, printing, and finishing. As a result of the Ellington Printery’s resources and capabilities, the customer list has grown to include many different types of firms and companies, from ad agencies and publishing houses to government agencies, legal and medical offices, industrial firms, non-profit organizations, banks and financial institutions.

Why Ellington?
While Ellington is now a suburban community, its strong agricultural and deep religious roots are still very evident in the local culture and work ethic. This cultural heritage is reflected at the Ellington Printery, where traditional Christian values such as hard work, integrity, reliability, prudence, practicality, commitment to family, and community involvement are lived out each day.

Why Printery?
Some may call it a matter of semantics, but to us the distinction between the word “printer” and “printery” is real. We believe that the word “printery” in our name accurately conveys our entrepreneurial zeal for craftsmanship and our specialized competence in the printing trade.

We're Going Wide!

The Ellington Printery has been expanding its capabilities and services to offer even greater options for products such as yard signs, banners, fine arts prints, wall murals and vehicle graphics.  We can print on a "wide" variety of substrates including weatherproof vinyl, corrugated plastic, aluminum and PVC composites.  Ask us how wide-format printing can help to help promote your ideas!