Springfield Blue Print and Copy Company, Inc. (1930)

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Springfield Blue Print and Copy Company, Inc. still stands in its original location at 417 S. Robberson Ave.

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The business officially opened on Aug. 30, 1930.

Long before the word Xerox was being used in casual conversation, Charles A. McCann and his wife, Marie, relocated to Springfield to start a photocopying and blueprint business. The year is known — it was 193o — but the “why” for their move is unknown. Whatever the reason, the couple came hereabouts from Joplin, where McCann had been employed as a draftsman and surveyor in the tri-state mining region.

The business was a team effort, especially in the 1940s while Charles was away at war and Marie ran the business in his place. Later, son Charles “Gordon” McCann (a well-known Ozarks historian) took over the business after graduation from Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University). The third generation is now at the helm: Today, it’s operated by Chuck McCann and his sister, Abba Korosic.

While the family in charge has stayed the same, the company’s offerings have shifted with time. One example was print-for-pay in color, which the offered before others in Springfield, which shot out at the rate of two or three pages a minute.

According to its website, Springfield Blue Print has evolved in to a state-of-the-art reprographics facility which has made it the “largest and most diverse reprographer in southern Missouri.” It also states that the company is an authorized sales and servicing dealers for Xerox, Kip, Hewlett Packard, Canon and other leading manufacturers of large-format digital imaging equipment.

Services include online planroom bid and distribution to the design and construction industry; large and small format printing, scanning and archiving; large-format mounting and laminating; full color indoor/outdoor, banners, posters, exhibit graphics and custom trade show booths of any size, delivered and set up anywhere in the world.

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Charles “Gordon” McCann is shown at a photostat camera in the 1960s. (Courtesy of Springfield Blue Print and Copy Company, Inc.)

Those goods and services are some obvious changes connected with the business. However, according to owner Chuck McCann, one of the things the need for good connections with customers has stayed the same. The company strives to develop relationships that allow it to be a valued partner for their customers’ needs.

Want to connect?

For more information, contact Springfield Blue Print via their website.