Happy Birthday Printer Hal!

It’s not every day one can say they know of an 87-year old printer.

On June 13 Harold (Hal) Schrade celebrated his 87th birthday by doing what he has been doing since 1941…printing!  We have had the privilege of knowing a lot of great printers in our area through the years and Hal is not only one of them but an absolute gem. With the help of his assistant, Ka-Ching (pictured below), he has been serving the Eastpointe, Michigan community since the 60’s when he opened Express Printers. Hal can operate all the machinery in his shop and is most proud of his original Kluge press which he bought new in 1965 from Germany.   On a recent visit to his shop, the Kluge was inked up and in action.

When she isn’t working at a local church, Hal’s wife Arlene, whom he’s been married to since beginning Express Printers, takes care of typesetting duties.

Hal has seen it all. Been through plenty of ups and downs. He has a quick wit and laugh. Hal loves going into the shop – crediting his health with working a little every day.

It is an absolute pleasure to know and wish Hal a Happy 87th Birthday!

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About marathondrew

I am a runner (still trying to to qualify for the Boston Marathon) and I work at Utley Brothers Printing, my family's 3rd generation printing company.
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