We are thrilled to announce that Walsworth has been honored as the Large Business of the Year by the Callaway Chamber of Commerce. This prestigious recognition is a testament to the remarkable contributions of our Fulton manufacturing facility. Each year, this award celebrates businesses demonstrating outstanding revenue and job growth, providing innovative products or services, delivering exceptional customer service, and actively contributing to the local community.
A Tradition of Excellence
During the award ceremony held on Jan. 18, we were commended for our enduring commitment to excellence — a tradition that began over 87 years ago when Don Walsworth founded the company during the Great Depression in Marceline, Missouri. Today, under the stewardship of our second and third generations of family ownership, we continue to prioritize exceptional service, quality products, and a strong sense of community.
Milestone Achieved: State-of-the-Art Printing Press Installation
In January 2023, we achieved a significant milestone with the installation of a cutting-edge Goss M600 printing press at our Fulton location. This state-of-the-art press, delivered in 20 truckloads from Australia, exemplifies our commitment to operating in Fulton while improving efficiency and sustainability. The advanced technology not only reduces physical demands on our workers but also nearly doubles operations while minimizing waste.
Deep Roots in the Fulton Community
Walsworth has been an integral part of the Fulton community since 2012, following our acquisition of The Ovid Bell Press, established in Fulton in 1927. Our substantial growth over the years has solidified our leadership position in the printing industry, ranking as the 29th largest printer in North America and holding the third position for both magazine and book printing, according to Printing Impressions. We credit this success to the unwavering support of our valued customers and the dedication of our employees.
“Credit for this award is due to the hard work and commitment of our Fulton employees,” said Don Walsworth, President. “We are thankful for the Fulton community, who has been instrumental in helping us continue our tradition of printing excellence.”
Gratitude and Commitment
We want to express gratitude for this prestigious recognition and acknowledge the pivotal role played by our customers and employees in achieving and maintaining a strong market position. Walsworth – Fulton, known for its focus on high-quality magazines and catalogs, will continue to play a role in our commitment to providing top-notch printing services and contributing positively to the local community.
“We are very grateful to be given this award, especially with all the incredible businesses in Callaway County,” said Kevin Werdehausen, General Manager of Walsworth – Fulton. “Our employees shine every day and this type of recognition lets them know their hard work is recognized. We look forward to another 100 years in Fulton!”
Please join us in congratulating Walsworth – Fulton for being selected as the 2023 Large Business of the Year in Callaway County!
Walsworth is a top-five book and magazine printer, a catalog printer, and the only family-owned printer of yearbooks. Started in 1937 by Don Walsworth, current leadership is under the second and third generations: Don O. Walsworth, CEO, and his son, Don Walsworth, president. The company operates from administrative offices and book printing and binding facilities in Marceline, Missouri; a prepress facility in Brookfield, Missouri; a sales and marketing office in Overland Park, Kansas; and magazine and catalog printing facilities in Saint Joseph, Michigan; Ripon, Wisconsin; and Fulton, Missouri. Additionally, we own the Donning Company Publishers, a specialty book publisher.