Beechler's acquired by Jacksonville firm
Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.
After 34 years in business, Beechler's Printing has been acquired by Jacksonville-based Raintree Graphics.
All 13 employees were offered positions with Raintree and some accepted, while some found other positions in Gainesville and another retired, according to Chris Beechler, who opened the business with his father, Cash Beechler, in 1979.
Raintree, which operates the Printing.com office at 720 W. University Ave., also purchased some of Beechler's equipment.
Chris Beechler, 65, said he was ready to retire.
The sale was completed Dec. 31. It took 10-12 weeks for Beechler's Printing to wind down and prepare its building at 350 NW 39th Ave. for sale or lease, Beechler said.
Cash and Chris Beechler came to Gainesville from Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1979 to open a franchise of Big Red Q Quickprint in an 800-square-foot spot at 2020 NW 6th St. After the franchisor went into bankruptcy, the print business became Beechler's and built a 5,000-square-foot building before purchasing the 21,000-square-foot building at 350 NW 39th Ave. in 1988.
The business was known as Beechler-Waters from 2004 to 2009 after merging with Printing Marketing-Direct Mail.
Beechler's handled commercial printing for small businesses, hospitals, banks, schools, colleges and government agencies, with 70 percent of its market within 30 miles of Gainesville, Beechler said. It also had a bulk mailing facility and bindery. At its peak around 2006, the business had 42 employees.
"I am looking forward to spending more time with family and friends and grandkids and doing what we do in the last semester of happy existence," Beechler said.