In 1943 Walter Pepper began a printing company in the garage of his home on Waverly Street in what was then southeast Memphis. The business design was to do small job printing with an emphasis on personalized stationery and wedding invitations. During the years at 68 Court Street, across from Gerber’s Tearoom and New Front Street, service was the watchword. A bride was able to place her wedding order in the morning and pick it up later that afternoon.
During the early 1950’s Mr. Pepper saw a new opportunity for marketing his products and services. He began to create albums of samples; one album for social invitations, announcements and stationery, one album for business stationery and business cards. These catalogs were marketed through Department Stores, Office Supply stores and Printing Companies. The “For Resale” soon became the greater part of Pepper Printing Company. To separate the two divisions of the company, the term Pepperite was used for the wholesale portion of the business. By the mid 60’s Pepperite had become a registered trademark.
Today, the Pepperite niche is to produce high quality engraving, foil stamping, letterpress and thermography. We still focus on small to medium size jobs, paying special attention to the unique requirements of each job. We are pleased to offer our clients an experienced work force, diversification of equipment and plant size of over 50,000 square feet. After all these years Pepperite still puts service first.