New owners of Vincent Printing see strong future for 80-year-old Chattanooga firm

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Valerie Van Velbhuizen and Golala Imen helps fold a large ad. Vincent Printing, formed in 1940, and located in East Chattanooga, is one of the country's biggest print shops of its type. New owner. Beau Wells talked with the newspaper on January 13, 2022.

One of the nation's oldest and biggest billboard and large-format printing businesses has a new owner who hopes to capitalize on new technologies and markets to grow the print operation - even as the advertising industry continues its transition into the digital age.

Vincent Printing, which has provided large-format printing products to customers in the outdoor advertising industry since 1940, has been bought by company president Beau Wells and two private equity firms - FutureTech Holding Co. in Atlanta and Ooltewah-based MLJB Holdings. The former owners, Doug and Charlie Casey, owned the business for nearly two decades and are now retiring from the print business.

The privately held company did not disclose its size or terms of the sale, and Wells said he is eager to build on the 82-year record of the Chattanooga business.

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