I am proud to introduce our new 2012 catalog. This year is a historic year in Conrad Machine's history; it marks our 65-year anniversary. Conrad Machine Co. was founded by my father and uncle, Earl and Robert Conrad, in 1945 with assistance from my grandfather, Hveding Conrad. Fresh out of WWII, my father and uncle started the company with little more than ideals and the American dream. In 1956, we began manufacturing our first printmaking presses. Today, we are recognized around the world as one of the oldest manufacturers of fine art printmaking presses as well as the oldest manufacturer in North America.
Conrad Machine Co. is proud to manufacture 6 different lines of presses. We do not, by and large, sell peripheral materials like other companies. Instead, we concentrate our time, energy, and engineering abilities on manufacturing the world's finest printmaking presses. We offer more lines of presses than any other press company. Our selection allows you to pick the press that best fits your wants, needs, and price range.
The Conrad Machine Co. line of presses includes tabletop and floor model etching, combination, monotype, and lithography presses. These presses have proven to be popular in both the studio and educational settings.
In addition to our Conrad Machine Co. press line, we have added the world-renowned American French Tool press line in 1999. Andre Beaudoin, American French Tool's founder, designed and built these elegant and graceful etching presses for nearly 30 years in Coventry, Rhode Island. Their agile design and stunning performance are unsurpassed in the printmaking industry.
Recently, in 2007, we added the complete line of Rembrandt fine art presses. This line, designed by John Graves, has proven itself over the past 35 years, with its efficient and well-built design, to be very popular among printmakers.
Our newest line of presses is the Brand New line. This line is designed after the Charles Brand style of presses. If you loved Charles Brand presses, you will love the Brand New line.
Conrad Machine Co. is not only celebrating our 65-year anniversary, we are also celebrating more than 50 years of building the finest printmaking presses in the world. Because of our level of commitment to higher quality and better performance, we have decided to increase our press warranty. All Conrad Machine Co. manufactured presses now carry a 25-year warranty. This warranty sets a benchmark; no other press manufacturer offers a better, full 25-year warranty on their printmaking presses.
We invite you to compare our presses to any in the world. We are confident you will see that our commitment to quality, large variety, and you, the printmaker, is unmatched. Please visit our new website to get more detailed information about all of our presses and our company.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the last 56 years. We would not have been able to achieve this milestone without the loyal support and following of our printmaking family.
President, Conrad Machine Co.