Friday, June 19, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 24: ECM Publishers, Inc.

Elmer, Tony and Julian circa 1996 at the dedication of the new ECM office building.

In 1976 "the Princeton Publishing Company was born, and operations began. The new newspaper's name was the Princeton Union-Eagle. The first issue under Andersen ownership was published on June 17, 1976—my sixty-seventh birthday."

"I was not in the newspaper business to make money. I was in it for the mission. Yet we could not carry out the mission for long unless Princeton Publishing turned a profit. Growth was still imperative to make Princeton Publishing secure. We began to think that growth required a new corporate name, one less specific to one community. The initials of the name of our printing plant seemed appropriate [East Central Minnesota Printing]. In 1987, Princeton Publishing became ECM Publishers, Inc."

Image courtesy Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Family

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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