Darrel Smith, founder of Courier Graphics, worked in the printing industry operating and managing large web facilities in the East and western United States. In 1976, he decided to go out on his own and started Courier Graphics in Phoenix with a single sheetfed press. Courier Graphics built a business based on service to the customer. Early clients included Farnam Companies and Goldwater’s Department Stores. Although Goldwater’s is gone, Central Life Sciences, formerly Farnam, continues its partnership with Courier today.
Darrel's strong background in web printing helped him to make Courier Graphics the first commercial printing plant in Arizona with a heatset web and multiple sheetfed presses. This is still the foundation of Courier Graphics today: producing fine web and sheetfed lithography. Today Courier Graphics is owned and operated by Darrel’s daughter Pam Carritt, who worked for twenty years with Darrel before taking the reins of the company. Courier has grown to be one of the largest commercial printers in Arizona and operates out of two adjacent 50,000 square foot facilities.
Courier Graphics has built its business over the last 30 years with many of Darrel’s core values: do what you say you're going to do, do it in a timely manner and operate with the necessary equipment and facilities to produce these results. It was a successful business plan in 1976 and it is still a successful plan today.
Using this core business philosophy, Courier Graphics is proud to continue serving many growing customers that we served when Darrel first started the business. We think that this says a lot. It means we have kept up with technology necessary to supply our customers with the best quality print and service for over 30 years. It also means we have worked together with our clients and helped them grow by meeting their needs in a timely and efficient manner.