The History of Lowe's Printing

“Ever mindful of the rich heritage that is ours by virtue of those who have gone before us, we, the staff of Lowe’s Printing, pledge our skills and modern machines to the production of fine photo-offset and letterpress printing.”

Robert Lowe, 1957

After 60 years Lowe’s has grown into Minot’s largest printing company with a staff of over 20 employees. We owe much of our success to you, our loyal customers. Each customer is the reason we are in business and it is your loyalty combined with our values and abilities that keep you coming back. We thank you and hope you will continue to grow with us.

1955 - Bob & Betty Lowe made the decision to open Lowe’s Letter Shop in a cramped downtown Minot office. With the acquisition of a small offset press, electric typewriter, paper cutter, and addressing equipment, they were off to a running start. Bob’s many years of advertising experience and Betty’s legal secretary skills provided a fresh, new, creative style of printing which found immediate acceptance.

1957 - Al Larson became a partner in the firm. The name was changed to Lowe and Larson Printing Inc. and the company moved to our present location at 129 Fifth Avenue NW. A large camera and another offset press were installed to accommodate the growing print demand.

1975 - Bob and Betty’s son Tom joined the company. In 1981, the company name was changed to Lowe’s Printing, Inc. with Bob, Betty, and Tom Lowe at the helm. They completed a 3,100 square foot expansion of the plant in that same year bringing the total square footage to 10,000.

1995 marked another milestone in Lowe’s Printing history. In this 40th year serving the Minot area, we constructed an 8,000 square foot expansion on the east end of our building bringing our total square footage to about 18,000.

2005 - We celebrated our 50th year by investing in computer-to-plate technology making the prepress process more efficient, accurate, and consistent than ever.

2011 - Lowe’s Printing purchased Ynot Reprographics. This equipment allowed us to offer Large Format black and white scanning and printing and provided a much needed service to the Architect, Engineering, and Construction trades in the region.

2012 - We purchased a Full Color Digital Envelope press. In September of that same year our purchase of Northern Trophy and Engraving expanded our services to include all shapes and sizes of trophies, awards, and plaques as well as engraving capabilities on many types of metals and layered plastics.

In the highly competitive world of commercial printing, Lowe’s Printing has stood the test of time. Since 1955, our goal has been to produce the highest quality printed materials possible, on time, at a reasonable price.