About Us

Colonial Printing character

Just ink and paper? Think again. The materials we use and the way we conduct business is essential to our success and our clients' success. Everyone uses ink and paper in the printing industry, but our clients are part of the family.

We want you to look your best with printed materials, so we refuse to set parameters on what we can do for you. Colonial Printing is notorious for customizing our schedule to meet your needs.

To maintain the tradition of quality work and to run a strong, seamless business, we adopt the changes and improvements in the printing industry with new applications, technology, and equipment.

The Colonial Printing story

C.W. "Bill" Faulkenberry had a dream of running his own print shop. He had 20 years experience under his belt, having worked for other Columbia companies such as R. L. Bryan, Vogue Press and The State newspaper. In 1972, Bill began printing out of his garage with a second hand press and was later joined by his young, energetic son, Jim. Jim worked with his dad part-time during high school and college, and was excited to help build the business.

Over the next 20 years, the Faulkenberrys moved Colonial Printing to increase capacity and grow with new employees and equipment; beginning with 1,600 square feet to today's 15,000 square feet. In 1986, Colonial Printing bought its first new press, a 20 x 29 Man Roland, and the following year, an AB Dick Itek.

Despite consistent growth, Colonial Printing held fast to the sincere desire and effort to keep a quality trade, and elevate printing as the art only craftsmen can boast of.

For a number of years, Bill's wife Mary and Jim's wife Annette worked for Colonial Printing, as well as their kids and extended family members. With this mixture of family and other experienced printing staff, Colonial Printing was an honest and dedicated group of people to handle your business needs.

The 1990s were a rewarding decade for the Colonial Printing family. The Columbia Area Council of the Chamber of Commerce voted Jim Small Business Person of the Year, an honor shared by everyone. Colonial Printing also bulked up on binding and finishing equipment for cutting, collating, stitching, trimming and folding. In 1999, a new generation joined the staff: Bo Carson, Jim's son-in-law.

In 2001, Colonial Printing expanded and moved to 419 Huger Street, its current 15,000 square-foot location. In the midst of new presses and printing awards, there was a solemn time. In October 2003, Bill Faulkenberry passed away.

A third generation joined the family business in 2004: David, Jim's son.  In keeping with the tradition of purchasing the best presses available, Colonial Printing added the Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46, the direct to plate system Prosetter 74, and the digital proofing 40 HP Plotter.

While growth has defined much of the business's busy history, Colonial Printing has continued to base success not on the numbers of accounts or presses, but on the valued client relationships developed.

After 33 years, Colonial Printing has found a good way to run things. That's because Colonial Printing is a family.