The Lamson Group celebrates 30 years
Diversified trade print company Lamson Group is celebrating 30 years in business, with founder Arthur Frost joining his son and current managing director Rodney Frost in toasting the success of the business.
Rodney Frost said, “Dad had it tough as a young fellow, but through hard work and vision went from selling pads and pens on trams, to selling print, to starting his own business in 1990, as a specialist business forms printer. Since then the commitment to our customers has never wavered. We maintain close relationships with them.”
The Lamson Group today has 60 staff in Australia operating in Sydney and Perth, and another 100 in its Philippines back office solutions business. It is is still a trade-only printer, and is by far the biggest business forms printer in Australia, with a dozen reelfed presses. It also runs digital presses, and two years ago added wide format printing to its portfolio. Last year it bought Gippsland Trade Printers.
Frost said, “Dad started the business with a two-colour continuous Ryobi printing computer paper. Like many small business owners he worked long hours in the early days, often sleeping at the factory.”
Rodney Frost joined the business as a young man in 1997. He said, “I grew up around the print factory, it was all I wanted to do.”
When the GST arrived in 2000 the company added a separate entity – Paper Rolls Australia – figuring that the market was about to grow as receipts would be an extra 20 per cent longer, it later bought Cheque-Mates, and established Integrated Office Solutions in the Phillipines 13 years ago.
The last three months have been the strangest in the past 30 years, but Frost says, “We are working flat out in the wide format side, producing floor graphics, wall graphics and all kinds of social distancing graphics.”