Old Stone Press was founded by John Clark in 2012.John Clark owned and operated a custom manufacturing and commercial printing company for 27 years. Midland Communications Packaging, Inc. was a national award–winning innovator in the presentation-packaging field. Midland designed, printed, and built custom loose-leaf ring binders, high-impact point-of-purchase retail packaging, and presentation packaging for business and industry.
Along with his partners, he introduced print on demand (POD) to the Louisville, Kentucky regional marketplace in the mid-1990s and served as a a beta site for the then-innovative Indigo E-Print full-color digital printing technology now owned and marketed by Hewlett-Packard. He also holds the patent rights to the ChoroGrip product lines that are highly sought after in the loose-leaf sheet music and choral music industry. For more information visit: ChoroGrip.biz.
Midland was sold in March of 2006 so John could pursue other interests and explore the book publishing industry. After publishing the award-winning coffee-table book, History in the Making: The Story of the American Printing House for the Blind in 2008 through the late Bill Butler and Butler Books, he launched Old Stone Press to meet the needs of author-publishers like himself who needed help navigating the often overwhelming wilderness of the self-publishing and book packaging industry.
John’s civic work includes being involved with many nonprofit and for-profit boards in the Louisville area, including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA), and the new Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University and Bourbon Baroque—Louisville’s Period Instrument Ensemble. He is a member of Leadership Louisville and is a Bingham Fellow. He also was a long-time board member of the Binding Industries of America (BIA) and served as its President in 2001-02. The BIA is now an affliate of The Printing Industries of America (PIA), headquartered outside of Pittsburgh, PA with offices in Washington, DC.
John has recently published Hazelet’s Journal, The Gold Rush saga of his great-grandfather, George Cheever Hazelet. For more information visit: HazeletsJournal.com
John is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BA in Fine Arts. He and his wife Gretchen live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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A conversation with publisher John Clark about Old Stone Press and its vision and mission | Original broadcast date: February 18, 2014