Lorain staple Lake Screen Printing hopes to reinforce community presence, new ownership

Lorain’s hidden treasure is looking for its owner.

Lake Screen Printing Inc. is located at 1924 Broadway and has been a staple of the town since 1975, according to its owners.

TJ May and Tim Webb bought the printing-embroidery shop in May 2022.

Webb and May want to let the community know that the business is still available for them.

“The most pleasant thing is that the people in Lorain are awesome,” Webb said. “As more people are finding out that we’re still open, support has been pouring in.”

The storefront can be accessed from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during weekdays.

The owners are also employed by BSN Sports, America’s largest provider of sporting goods.

“We didn’t have any local print shops, so originally, our thought was to acquire Lake Screen Printing as a printing house for contract printing,” Webb said. “But we decided we ultimately wanted to keep the storefront and continue to provide services for the community like the previous owners have done in the past.”

Lake Screen Printing, located on Broadway Avenue in Lorain, specializes in various types of customization and printing such as embroidery and vinyl. (Aliah Kimbro -- The Morning Journal)
Lake Screen Printing Inc. can be found on Broadway in Lorain and specializes with various types of customization and print such as embroidery or vinyl. (Aliah Kimbro — The Morning Journal)

He said that the storefront also stocks apparel that local employers might be interested in.

“We encourage people to bring their own merchandise in, or work with our full time graphic designer who can draft designs, but we also sell merchandise,” Webb said. “We have T-shirts, polos, jackets or anything people can think of.”

Lake Screen Printing is proud to support small businesses, he stated.

“Working and supporting local businesses is the best part of the job,” Webb said. “We try to reciprocate and make sure we also support them as well.”

Lake Screen Printing specialises in custom screen printing, contract printing and embroidery.

“A lot of our process is done in house, and we can do everything,” Webb said. “Our hope is to continue to grow and have production on every floor of our building.”

Lake Screen Printing operates a two-floor complex operation that encompasses every aspect and detail of the printing process.

Vesna Raistofski, the person who prepares each screen to be printed or embossed, says that her job is very satisfying.

Lake Screen Printing employee Vesna Ristofski cleans screens to prepare for printing process. (Aliah Kimbro -- The Morning Journal)
Lake Screen Printing employee Vesna Rustoski cleans screens before printing. (Aliah Kimbro — The Morning Journal)

“I get to clean the screens and make sure everything is nice and orderly,” Ristofski said. “It’s a very gratifying experience to make sure everything fits and is accurate; not every job is the same, and I really like that.”

Webb attributes the company’s success to its employees.

“Our employees take great pride in the work that they do; it’s not what I or anyone else do,” he said. “We all kinda figured it out together and the mistakes that we made, then were all a part of the learning curve, so I’m very proud of how far we’ve come.”

Lake Screen Printing can be reached at 440-244-5707.

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