Holly’s Custom Print started as "Holly’s Wholesale" in 1981 by John and Dorthy Hollingshead along with their children John, Debra, Steve, and Chris. The company began by selling a full line of meats, cheeses, canned goods, and paper products to pizza shops from a one car garage located in Newark, Ohio. By the end of the second year, the company was selling $1 million worth of pizza supplies, which forced them to move to a 1,500 square foot building!
While the family serviced pizza shops, they saw a need for independent pizza shops to have a custom printed box without ordering large quantities. Holly’s was the first company in the country to develop the process to make custom printed pizza boxes available and affordable to the independent pizza shop market!
In 1997 John and Dorthy sold the food distribution division and changed its name to Holly's Custom Print to concentrate solely on the pizza box product line. In doing so, they moved the printing operation to a 76,000 square ft facility where we are located today in Hebron, Ohio.
Steve Hollingshead, who spent nearly 40 years as the President of the pizza box organization, was instrumental in leading the growth and innovation of this business. On January 6, 2015, the co-founder John passed at 5:01 pm on a Friday. John held on until the week was over, and the day was done, just as he always did with his work ethic. His wife Dorthy Hollingshead is doing well to this day! Although John, Debra, and Steve retired, the family tradition is carried on with Chris, his son Brad, and his nephew Austin Hollingshead.
The company continues to be the leader in the industry, now manufacturing and distributing their custom food boxes through a vast network of foodservice wholesalers!