Geiger (corporation)

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Geiger
Corporation
Industry Ad Specialties
Founded Newark, New Jersey
Founder Andrew and Jacob Geiger
Headquarters Lewiston, Maine, United States
Number of locations
16
Key people
Gene Geiger (CEO),
Products Promotional Products
Services Advertising
Revenue Increase US$ 175 million (2012)[1]
Owner Geiger Family
Number of employees
500 employees, 550 independent sales partners
Website http://www.geiger.com

Geiger is an advertising specialties company with more than 500 employees and more than 550 sales representatives. It is the industry's largest family-owned and family-managed distributorship[citation needed] and is based in Lewiston, Maine.

Initially named Geiger Brothers, it was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1878 spanning 5 generations. [2]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1878, when brothers Andrew and Jacob Geiger took over their father’s two-room print shop in Newark, New Jersey. A staff of 4 -- the brothers, a printer, and a bookkeeper—produced a small line that included advertising calendars, fans, and greeting cards. The second generation brothers, Frank, Charles, and George entered the company in the early 20th century. They added date books and diaries to their expanding line.

Frank’s two sons, Ray and Frank, joined the business in the 1930s. Frank led the firm into the distribution of advertising specialty products made by other companies. , Ray acquired the renowned Farmers’ Almanac becoming its 6th editor for the next 60 years.

The company moved to Lewiston, Maine in 1955. Their facility has been expanded four times to its current 140,000 foot size.

Two of Ray’s sons manage the company today. Gene is CEO and President and Peter Geiger is Executive Vice President and editor of the Farmers’ Almanac

On March 6 2013, Geiger agreed to divest its manufactured products division to Canada based Blueline. [3]

Farmers' Almanac[edit]

The Farmers' Almanac is a compendium of knowledge on weather, gardening, cooking, remedies, managing your household, preserving the earth, and more. Published every year since 1818, it was founded by David Young, Philom. In 1949, Ray and Ann Geiger obtain the rights to Almanac Publishing Company/Farmers’ Almanac. Geiger Bros. has produced and distributed the Farmers’ Almanac ever since.

Peter Geiger succeeded Ray Geiger as editor in 1994 and is the current Philom.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Distributor Top 40". ASI Publications. May 9, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Company History: Geiger". Gale. 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blueline/Rediform To Acquire SunGraphix". PPB Newslink. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.