ABOUT US

Amador Ledger Print, now calling ourselves "ALP Graphics" is a full service commercial printing business that offers digital printing along with traditional offset and letterpress printing. 

ALP Graphics has been in existence since 1855, the Gold Rush Days. Owner Debbie Collins purchased the business 29 years ago in 1981.

ALP prints all runs big and small. 4 color process printing to black and white, small and large copy jobs.

ALP has contracted with the United States Postal Service and is now the official Martell Post Office adding bulk mailings, extensive postal service and UPS shipping to their already wide-range services. 

ALP plans for the future: keeping up with the ever-growing technology, and to continue our commitment to strive to do the best for our customers.

How it all began...
October 27, 1855 - two newspaper entrepreneurs named Ed Daingerfield and Tom Springer  collaborated to produce Volume 1, Number 1 of the Volcano Weekly Ledger newspaper. In April, 1857, thinking "the grass was greener" in Jackson, they moved their publication to the county seat and ultimately changed the name to "Amador Ledger".

Then came Richard Webb, whose tenure as editor extended over some thirty-eight years. Webb Hall in downtown Jackson still bears his name - a building which saw many a Ledger reach the news stands.

Then Oran King, in 1912, bought the Ledger. He expanded the Operation by adding Sutter 
Creek's Amador Record. King continued as owner until the Ledger was sold to William Copeland in 1923.

It was under King's ownership that Babe Garbarini first entered the newspaper business, pushing a broom around the office after school. But in 1931, Garbarini and his partner, Bud Huberty took over the operation. Huberty retired in 1958 while Babe Garbarini and his wife Marie continued to Operate the Ledger until their retirement, March 31, 1977. Though officially retired, Babe for years could be found at the Ledger Print office every week, typing his "column" on the old Linotype machine.

Eventually the two newspapers merged, The Amador Ledger and the Amador Dispatch to form Goldweb Publications in 1980. Then in 1989 McClatchy bought the publication. 

December 5, 1981 - An era ended and a new one began when, Kevin and Debbie Collins struck a deal with Goldweb Publications to break off the commercial print shop from the newspapers, while keeping the name Amador Ledger Print. The Collins' operated the commercial print shop at the old Highway 88 location until June of 1989, when all of the machinery and tools, many items dating back to the orignal operation in Volcano, were packed up and moved to a new location on Highway 49, across from Georgia Pacific's main entrance, by Jeff Holman's.

In keeping up with the times and trends, ALP Graphics has emerged. Seeing the need to further help the community understand the difference between the two separately owned and operated businesses, the newspaper publications and the commercial print shop. 

We here at ALP Graphics are your one stop print shop. We can print from 1 to ??? copies, single color to multi color and complex 4 color process printing. We also offer other services, including US Postal services - UPS shipping, Fax and blueprints for your convenience. 


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