United to preserve, protect and promote the art of fine printing in the modern era, Echelon, was formed by the merger of BurdgeCooper, Complete Graphics, and The Ligature. Together, these brands form the world’s largest engraving company and one of the world’s largest small-format commercial printers with over 100 years of experience.
Owned by Taylor Corporation, one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States and totaling over 120+ locations, we have the abilities and fuel for your future endeavors.
In 1923 Mr. Charles Leroy Burdge established the Burdge Engraving Company while Mr. Stuart Cooper established his Stuart F. Cooper Company in 1929 from the printing equipment of Milton G. Cooper & Son. The two names set the standard for graphic arts excellence and, merged into BurdgeCooper On July 1, 2010.
Acquired by Taylor Corporation: 2014
In 1918 Gravure Engraving Company was founded by Eddy Elert in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1990, Gravure Engraving Company merged with another engraving company, Complete Graphics.
Acquired by Taylor Corporation: 2013
In 1920 Apex Engraving was founded in Los Angeles, then in 1976 Donald Pennell bought Apex and re-named it The Ligature.
Acquired by Taylor Corporation: 2011
Three loved brands merged to become one.
Acquired by Taylor Corporation: 2017
We believe in the philosophy that no relationship is the same. Whether you’re a large organization, government agency, freelance designer or small private business owner your fine print needs are unique to you.
To help you thrive, our affiliation with Taylor Corporation and strategic partnerships with top paper mill suppliers gives us the capacity, reach and experience to capture and exceed the refined details of your program.
Together let’s collaborate, innovate, and create print of exceptional quality.
We’re committed to minimizing our environmental footprint and we help you do the same. By continually looking for new ways to reduce waste, save energy and partner with green conscious suppliers we are nurturing a clean sustainable environment for future generations.
“I learned my craft from Louis Vega.We stick to traditional methods because it gives us better quality. A lot of dies now are machine made. You lose quality. It’s knowing your materials and a little ingenuity.”
Each process demands different aspects of Juan’s craftsmanship. EPA regulations have led to new thinking and problem solving that only a skilled and resourceful craftsman that knows his materials and equipment can handle.
“I started in my father’s shop in Taiwan when I was 28. I ran a letterpress and a Hamada duplicator press. Things come up so you have to know what to do. You have to get the best out of the press, the paper, and ink. It takes years, and many jobs.”
Its experience and intuition. Good pressmen can always achieve the depth of quality that marks fine printing. For James, it’s second nature. He’s seen it all.
“I come from the world of stripping film and plate making. When I run a job, I look at everything, the tiniest imperfections, position, registration, and skin color. Things can change at the drop of a dime. You have to be on your toes.”
Like all great pressmen Louie has a sharp eye for color and fine detail. Experience has taught him what to look for but his love and care for print is demonstrated in the quality.