History of Jayroe Printing

Family-owned and operated in the Dallas – Fort Worth area since 1971


Phot of Original Jayroe Litho location

John Jayroe, Bobby Pierce, David Newman

Jayroe Litho was started by John Jayroe in 1971 as a lithographic “prepress” service to printers. Starting in an old frame house with one Robertson camera, John shot negatives, halftones and did four color separations on the camera.

After one year, Bobby Pierce joined the company to do all the “stripping”. Stripping is taking the negatives and halftones and arranging them in order and registering them properly for printing plates to be burned for the printing press.

In 1981, Jayroe Litho moved out of the old house and into their current location. In early 1990, Jayroe Litho moved into “desktop publishing” with the purchase of their first Macintosh and an Agfa Imagesetter. The camera services and stripping were still available; however, the industry was moving towards electronic negatives and stripping.

In the spring of 2001, again changing to keep up with the newest technology, Jayroe Litho purchased its’ first Ryobi printing press.

January 2010

Jayroe Litho Staff Photo

Back: Andy Jayroe, Suzi Jayroe Griffith, Robert Jayroe, Kim Holland, Vicky Jayroe, Kris Jayroe, John Harris
Front: Joe Craft, John Jayroe, Florine Jayroe, Stephanie Lollar
Not Pictured: Travis Griffith, Robby Jayroe, Shannon Glass

The Ryobi 3404 DI was the first of its kind set up in the United States. The offset printing press digitally imaged the plates directly onto the press. This eliminated the need for negatives, stripping, plate making and hanging the plates onto the press. The Japanese based company chose Jayroe Litho to set up its’ first press at our location due to our extensive prepress knowledge and experience. Jayroe Litho helped set up all the templates, color settings, curves, etc. for all future Ryobi 3404 DI’s that were sold. In December of 2001, they purchased our first HP Indigo press to help compliment the Ryobi and to provide full color, SWOP approved proofs.

Now, in 2010, Jayroe Litho is changing it’s name to Jayroe PRINTING as we are a full service printing company. We have two Ryobi 3404 DI’s and one HP Indigo 5000. We have full bindery services, including scoring and perforating, a UV coating machine, and more.

Since 2009, the company has been operated by John’s five children who have all worked in the family business for most of their lives.