Four Generations of Ink Stained Hands

Carter Printing Company was founded in the early 1920’s by A. R. Carter and purchased in 1931 by William O’Neill and Ray Conway.  Carter Printing was originally located at 4th & Grand and later moved to 316 Locust (what is now Nollen Plaza).  In 1946 the company moved to 2043 Capitol Ave and in 1971 moved to its current location at 1739 East Grand Ave. Read more…



color printing services in Des Moines

Whether it’s short-run digital printing or high-volume spot color or process color offset printing, we have the equipment and expertise to produce your project.



Bindery and Finishing Services Des Moines

We have a complete bindery and finishing department with capabilities to finish most jobs in house. Our equipment includes cutters, folders, collators, stitchers and more.



Carter printing can provide a full range of mailing services. From high-speed inkjet addressing and sorting, to whatever may be required to complete your mailing project.



We maintain an efficient up-to-date Prepress and Design department providing design, typesetting, color correction, and computer to plate systems.

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Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type printing, in around 1439, and the global inventor of the printing press.Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468)

In 1723 at the age 17, Benjamin Franklin worked as a typesetter in a printer's shop in London. In 1729, he became the publisher of a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette.Dr. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706– April 17, 1790)
1907: Commercial silk screening invented.  2012: Carter Printing begins in-house silk screen printing on apparel.–Contact Scott Hoyt