The most prominent building on Factory Road, St. John’s is the premises of a wholly Antiguan institution which has withstood the test of time for the past 50 years. It houses Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. which was founded by members of Antigua Peoples Party (APP)
The APP was composed of a group of young businessmen and professionals who saw the need for a ‘second voice’ in the nation. J. Rowan Henry, Reuben Harris, Gerald Price, C.L. Murray, Edmund Jarvis, and other members of the APP officially opened the doors of Antigua Printing & Publishing to the public on November 30th, 1970.
The company began with a small staff whose members were G. Paris, a Barbadian who had been living in Antigua for many years, Gerald Price, Eustace Parker, Dame Bridget Harris – who later became Speaker of the House of Representatives, Marjorie Maynard – now Golden Jubilee Year of The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. and Mr. Withers , a UK as technical adviser.
The business commenced with minimal machinery, but it was not long before commercial printing of magazines, brochures and letterheads began. The machines became inadequate for the workload and more modern equipment was brought in. Offset printing was new to Antigua and Mrs. Maynard was sent to Puerto Rico to train in operating the Varitype machine.
The first newspaper, The Antigua Times, took almost two weeks to complete but nearing completion supporters lined up outside the building to have the first edition.
The company also printed The Outlet newspaper, a publication of the African Caribbean Liberation Movement, and The Worker’s Voice of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union.
The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. has acquired the confidence of businesses throughout the nation and the Caribbean and boasts a clientele made up of hotels, banks, schools, supermarkets, airlines and statutory bodies. This is an aspect of the business which gives much satisfaction to the staff and its shareholders.
Today, 50 years after its tentative and turbulent start, The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. holds excellent standing as a private company in Antigua and Barbuda. The company maintains the vision of its founders and shareholders and strives to maintain the confidence of its vast local and international customers.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations commenced with a thanksgiving service at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church on Sunday 30th November 2020. An Open House takes place today, Monday 30th November 2020.
The year long activities will culminate on November 29th, 2021. Please join us in thanking God for giving us the privilege of serving you faithfully through the years. Our image depends on your images! www.antiguaprintingpublishing.com.