In 1963, Charlie was approached by Carl Wagner, CEO of Wagner’s Printers, who wanted a sales and manufacturing presence in Cedar Rapids. Charlie, who saw this as a good opportunity to go out on top, sold out to Wagner. Bill Hutchings stayed on and was Wagner’s top salesperson for many more years.
After stints in the feed, insurance, and restaurant business, Charlie again had an opportunity to get back into printing in 1979. This time it would be with an old friend, H. Pierce Alexander, who would head up sales as a print broker. They named the business Allied Business Forms and began to service the real estate industry providing continuous forms, letterheads, envelopes and business cards.
As that business grew, an opportunity to purchase another printing company surfaced. Allied Business Forms was doing business with Bernard J. Taymons and his company Laurance Press. This company was composed of three smaller entities: The Rall Company, Athens Press, and Laurance. Mr. Taymons, originally from Maryland, desired to move back east and trusted Charlie with the future of his company.
For a mere $100, Taymons transferred the businesses to Charlie, stayed around a brief time to complete the transition, and headed back to Maryland. However, there was more to the transaction than just a small transfer of cash, including issues to work out in order to keep the businesses viable.