Bollin Label Systems' Entrepreneurial Spirit Began in 1912...
Bollin Label Systems evolved over 100 years when Gilbert Bollin opened his Red and White neighborhood grocery store in Toledo, Ohio. Gilly, his wife, and seven children all gained valuable experience serving the grocery store customer, contributing to our success today.
After leaving the grocery store business, Jerry Bollin listened to the marketplace and satisfied another customer necessity by starting a distributing company that rented carpet-cleaning equipment and also started to sell labeling guns and printed labels to supermarkets.
Frequent visits to grocery stores helped us recognize the wide variety of labels needed for the meat department, bakery, dairy, and other food products which led us to diversifying our product mix to fulfill the grocery store market's needs. Seaway Food Town was our first big customer.
As label needs increased, Bollin & Sons Incorporated and we started to print our own labels with the purchase of our first label press called the Tickopres. It was capable of printing 1000 one-color labels in 7 minutes. Years later technology advanced into flexographic printing.
When American Printing & Label went out of business in the early 1990s, we were in the right place at the right time to acquire their largest customer’s label business, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Keeping our eyes and ears open, helped us grow in our East Broadway Location.