GALION — Rob Bean took a roundabout way back to Ohio, and to owning his own business in Galion.
Bean was born in the Olivesburg area, near Mansfield, but has owned, operated or worked for companies throughout the southeast and in Kansas.
He and his wife Susan opened Impression Press, 864 Harding Way East, on June 1. It’s kind of hard to explain what Impression Press is all about. But if you have anything to do with words, or labels, or books … he can probably assist you.
Located in the old Cannon Music building, which in a life before that was a Lawsons, Bean can serve area residents who need printing, copying, typesetting, faxing, laminating and binding. He makes signs and banners. Oh, and he is also a FedEx drop off site.
Bean saw a need in Galion for a business that offers those types of service, and fortunately, he’s had experience doing everything he’s going to need to do in Galion.
“We just finished binding a 400-page genealogy book,” he said.
He worked at and operated a Kinkos store for years. He operated his own print shop, called the Copy Shop, in Pensacola, Florida for 11 years. He’s run similar businesses in Titusville and Melbourne, Florida and in New Orleans. He worked at a print shop in Wichita, Kansas in which part of his job was to print 1.5 million business cards each month.
He lives in Galion. His wife is on Galion’s city council.
“There is nothing like this in Galion,” Rob Bean said. “I saw a need, and I have experience in all of these things.”
You can take packages that need to be shipped to Impression Press, where FedEx will pick up daily. You can also return FedEx items at Impression Press.
He said business is getting better daily, as more and more people find out about his venture.
“Little by little the word is getting out,” he said.
Bean said starting a business in Galion was a lot easier than other places he’s been, especially Florida, where the lack of an income tax means more rules, regulations and paperwork.
“Everyone was very helpful,” he said. “We looked at opening in the downtown area, but we found a building that was pretty much what we were looking for. We’re very happy with it.
Through the end of the month, Impression Press has a special that involves gift cards to local eating establishments. You’ll have to contact Bean for more information. You can do that by stopping in at 864 Harding Way East, by calling 419-468-2511, by email at [email protected], or by visiting his website: www.impressionpress.com