People are often impressed when we tell them that our family printing company is nearly 70 years old and being run by the third generation. So we know when to be impressed and were pleased to welcome Brian French, now the sixth-generation family member of the ever-cool French Paper Company to Utley Brother Printing. French Paper was founded in 1871 in Niles, Michigan; 142 years ago. It is actually the oldest family business in the state of Michigan; 17 years older than Ford Motor Company! Since 1922 all paper has been produced using hydroelectric power. French Paper has a great story and it is being faithfully carried by Jerry French (5th generation) and now Brian French (6th generation). French is one of the last small independent family-owned paper mills in the country. We love having them as “neighbors” in our beloved Pure Michigan. We love their paper and are proud to feature it in our letterpress studio, Atlantic Press.
All samples hanging on the wall behind 6th generation – Brian French (left) and 3rd generation – Andy Harrison (right) were printed on French Paper.