While the pressmen were on strike against William Randolph Hearst and the Chicago Newspaper Frank O. Carlson was earning wages with E.M. Bornhoft & Co. Eighteen years later Frank wanted to try and broaden his horizon by working for himself installing chalkboard and hand-lettering office doors after office door around the Loop. Frank wanted to keep the printing business in existence from the great depression, so he partnered up with his former boss Eugene Bornhoft and bought E.M. Bornhoft in 1951.

The first signs for advertising businesses were in ancient Rome. 1894 is when Eugene Bornhoft started E.M. Bornhoft & Co., Frank dated the establishment to the original date.

From Then to Now:
As the marketing world evolves so does Frank O. Carlson & Co. techniques and services that the company offers. What once was hand lettering and chalkboards, moving forward to the era of silkscreen than to vinyl die cut letters and presently to an entire digital shop with the state of the art printing machines.

Customer Dreams:
Frank O. Carlson & Co. Inc. listens to the needs and wants and keeps an eye out for marketing trends from the requests and suggestions of their customers. Whatever your dream for advertising is, whether it is a printed vinyl banner to full signage wraps for buses, we are here to make your dreams come true.

Services to Date:

Equipment and Capabilities:
HP Latex Printers 10' Wide - Prints on banners, self-adhesive vinyl, films, paper, canvas, mesh and porous textiles

HP XL 1500 16' Wide and 10' Wide - Prints vinyl and mesh any width and any length up to 16 ft. wide and double sided.

OCE 10' and 8' Arizona Flatbed Printers- Prints on any substrate such as styrene, sintra, acrylic, foam core, metals, litecal, irregularly shaped objects, non-square media or up to 1 ½” thick substrate

ESKO Cutter C64 - Can handle dimensions up to 10’ x 10’.

HP UV TurboJET 8500 - Prints on substrates such as vinyl and paper. Prints up to 40 sheets 5’ x 12’ per hour.

Frank O. Carlson & Co. has a printing team that will make your advertising dreams a reality. Frank O. Carlson & Company is family-owned and services the Chicagoland. For more information, please call (773) 847-6900 or email them at info@focarlson.com.