Lawrence Printing Co., which has been run by the same family for a century, will celebrate its 100th anniversary Tuesday.

Its president, George Ellis, said  he is “excited about having all our friends and neighbors come out and visit us.”

They are invited to drop by between 5 and 7 p.m. for “Business After Hours,” which is sponsored by the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held at the company office at 400 Stribling Ave.

It will feature live music by Howard Smith, food catered by The Grapevine and many prizes and giveaways.

Lawrence Printing takes pride in its products and also in the positive relationships between and among employees and management.

Some employees have worked there for decades.

“It’s a good place to work. I like the family atmosphere,” said Keefe Brewer, a letter press operator who has been with the company for 30 years.

Jeanna Thompson, a bindery worker for 25 years, agreed. “We had the best boss ever,” Thompson said about former president, the late G. Ellett Lawrence.

“He had a good sense of humor and was very fair and good to us,” Thompson said.

“Everybody is nice. They are intelligent people to work for,” said Lucius Taylor Jr., who has worked in shipping and reception at the warehouse for 31 years.

“All of us have been here many years. It’s like a family,” added James Barrentine, a machine operator for 26 years.

The company was founded in 1919 by an earlier Ellett Lawrence. It has always focused on quality and staying up-to-date technologically.

In the 1940s, the company was the first printer in Mississippi to be able to handle multi-part business forms.

Edgar M. Lawrence, brother of the company’s founder, became the next president. Under his leadership, the company experienced rapid growth.

G. Ellett Lawrence had “started out as a salesman way back,” said Ellis, a son-in-law who became the next president in 1993.

Similarly, Ellis got his start in 1979 at the plant. He then moved to sales and then management.

His sons, Alan and Adam Ellis, are vice presidents and a big part of the operation and deserve a “shout out,” he said.

“They do most of the work out here,” said Ellis.

Ellis is looking forward to Tuesday’s event.

“A lot of people have never seen a printing press before,” he said. “We’re excited to show it off.”

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