Ennis consists of two distinct groups: Printing and
Apparel. Regarding the Apparel portion of the business,
They offer one of the most extensive selections of
activewear, corporate, and golf apparel found
anywhere! Their selection features sizes from 2T to 6XL
in the most fashionable styles and colors. The apparel
line features a large selection of tees, fleece, polos,
yoga pants, shorts and headwear.
With one press salvaged
from a fire that destroyed “The Ennis Daily News,"
Garner Dunkerley, Sr. started what is today the largest
wholesale printing manufacturer in the nation; Ennis,
The year was 1909 and with
Ennis, Texas located in the heart of the central Texas
cotton region, cotton tags became the primary business
of the new company. By the 1930's company management saw
the growth in business forms and in 1937 the newspaper
portion of the company was sold to finance expansion
into forms production.
the 1940's, the company, now known as Ennis Tag and
Salesbook Company, began to concentrate on expanding its
business forms line. Knowing that Ennis customers,
living and working in the communities they served, had
developed a close contact with the consumer, Ennis
committed to serving this distributor market.
Realizing that their customers were becoming more
dependent upon the service and products that Ennis could
supply, during the 1950's Ennis expanded its product
line to include unit sets, register forms and continuous
forms. The company was fast becoming a one-source
supplier for this new market.
Starting in 1949 Ennis expanded with the opening of a
second major plant in Chatham, VA to serve the eastern
part of the U.S. Then in 1956, a third plant
opened in Paso Robles, CA to serve the western market.
DeWitt, Iowa became the home for a snap-a-part plant in
1967. These plant openings paved the way for a period
of acquisition beginning in 1967. During the next four
years Ennis acquired plants in Portland, OR; Ft. Scott,
KS; Wolfe City,
TX; and Knoxville, TN. The expansion allowed Ennis to
offer customers better service, more versatile product
lines and closer proximity to regional markets. Ennis and its customers prospered.
During the 1970's Ennis turned to a new direction to
continue its growth. Single product plants were added
in Moultrie, GA and Coshocton, OH. These new plants
provided flexibility and production efficiencies that
translated to better service to each of their marketing
The acquisition of Admore in Macomb, MI in 1991 began
a new surge of acquisition activity. From the nineties
to today Ennis has grown into new product lines and
markets with the acquisitions of industry leaders like
Adams McClure, Northstar, General Financial Supply,
Calibrated Forms, Block Graphics and Trade Envelopes.
In 2004, Ennis expanded its product offering with the
acquisition of Alstyle Apparel, an Anaheim based apparel
manufacturer. This acquisition doubled the size of the
company to more than $500 million in revenue.
Today Ennis consists of two distinct groups: Printing
and Apparel. Their large and diversified product
offering make Ennis a great partner for distributors.
Ennis is grateful to its many customers who have
contributed to this long and successful history. As
customers present new opportunities, Ennis is well
positioned for the many challenges that lie ahead. In
the future, as in the past, Ennis will continue to be
your “Partner to Grow With."