(Plain Press, December 2014) After 39 years, Orange Blossom Press has closed its doors. The print shop opened as a worker co-op in 1976. The business later evolved into an employee owned business with a majority partner.
A sign on the door of the now closed business at 1935 W. 25th reads “After 39 years… of serving the social justice, non profit, political, union, personal & commercial communities here in Ohio City, Orange Blossom Press is moving on to the big print shop in the sky and closing our doors. It has been a great run and we thank you for all of your support for so many years. It has been a real pleasure.”
Majority Owner Greg Pratt cites declining budgets and belt tightening by non-profits as one of the reasons for declining business at Orange Blossom Press. He also said rising postage costs have hurt the ability of organizations to do direct mailings. Many organizations have turned to online newsletters.
Orange Blossom Press played an important role in helping the Plain Press get reestablished in the early 1980s after the paper shut down for a short period in the late 1970s. Orange Blossom Press allowed the Plain Press to use its typesetting equipment and darkroom equipment after hours. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Plain Press volunteers pasted up the newspaper in the basement of Orange Blossom’s building.