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History

Unparalleled Commitment to Building Value

The seeds of Southern Lithoplate first sprouted in August of 1934 as Caso-Lyth & Capital Regraining, when Joseph E. Casson and his son, Edward A. Casson, Sr. began ball graining zinc plates. The plates were used by the US Army during WWII to produce maps for the Allied Offensive. Within a few years, their growing business was competing with 3M for market-share, becoming the first lithoplate manufacturer to incorporate rolled aluminum as the primary substrate. 

In 1981, the business relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, incorporated as Southern Lithoplate. Under the leadership of Edward A. Casson, Jr. and his sons, Southern Lithoplate developed around the core concepts he instilled in the organization—a commitment to a strong work ethic, creativity, innovation, quality and cost-effectiveness to become what he dubbed, "The Lean Mean Machine" —the leanest competitor in the industry. 

In the early 1990's, Southern Lithoplate responded to customer demand for product by creating a state-of-the-art lithoplate manufacturing facility in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Following in 1998, the team acquired 3M/Imation's North American manufacturing assets and lithoplate graphic arts intellectual properties. Building on this foundation and continued demand for products and technology for the marketplace, Southern Lithoplate developed an in house world-class Research & Development team and lab along with a nation-wide Technical Field Service Team to support growing digital and commercial customer needs. 

In 2006, the Southern Lithoplate CtP Strategic Alliance was created to ensure customer value by integrating prepress and pressroom solutions from Dainippon Screen, ECRM, NELA, ProImage, Presteligence, Polkadots and others. Capping off this aggressive and continuing commitment to the marketplace, Southern Lithoplate management purchased Citiplate‚Äôs manufacturing assets, customer base and technology portfolio while simultaneously completing the addition of the Wake Forest Litho Center in 2007. Southern Lithoplate now has a combined capacity of 300 million square feet of serviceable and dedicated lithoplate capacity to meet market demands. 

Southern Lithoplate remains privately owned with a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. A fourth generation of Casson's - Chairman & CEO Trip, and President & COO, Clark lead a team of professionals committed to continuing a heritage of innovation, quality and cost-effectiveness that has made Southern Lithoplate The Value Leader in the graphic arts industry.

Quality Value Performance

Rule 15 "Most importantly, the support from Southern Lithoplate has been exemplary. Their willingness to quickly resolve unanticipated installation issues is worth more than what something costs or how fast it can be delivered."

- Brice Tarling, President