Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Fine Arts Engraving Expands Plant to 12,000 Square Feet

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Fine Arts Engraving Expands Plant to 12,000 Square Feet

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Fine Arts Engraving Co. has expanded its plant at 3826 N. Maney from 6,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

Ron Walters Construction of Moore built the addition which cost about $180,000.

Fine Arts is a family owned company. Dorothy Bennitt is president and her husband John is manager.

Three sons also work in the business. Curt is the plant manager, Kelly is a pressman and Kevin is a salesman in Tulsa.

The engraving and printing firm now has space for 17 printing presses that can handle paper up to 35 inches wide used for presentation folders.

Fine Arts is the only genuine engraver and steel diemaker in Oklahoma, said John Bennitt.

In steel diemaking, you have to mark a die in, etch and handtool it and then cut the steel by hand.

Wilford Carpenter, 79, is the company's chief engraver and oldest employee.

"He came to work for the company at age 19 in 1924," Bennitt said.

"Our specialties are foiling, embossing, engraving and diecutting," Bennitt said. The company's primary products are high quality letterhead, envelopes, business cards and presentation folders.

Using our products "is a way of advertising," said Dorothy Bennitt, president. It shows that a firm is successful enough to afford engraving without coming out and saying it," she said.

"Engraving is the only way to get a good gold color. It is the same as embossing except there is ink on it and you can get a fine line," Dorothy said.

"Some of our biggest customers are other printers," John said. …

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