Schilling Graphics Mourns Passing of Founder David A. Schilling
Dave originally established Schilling’s Advertising in 1963 with a focus on local screenprinting companies.
David A. Schilling, founder of Schilling Graphics in Galion, Ohio, passed away March 20 at home surrounded by his family. He was 86. Dave established Schilling’s Advertising in 1963 with a focus on local screenprinting companies. With the growth of this new business venture, Dave reportedly became a pioneer in the new and evolving auto-glass decorating market. In 1974, Schilling Advertising moved into its first and current headquarters in Galion, Ohio. With the continued growth of industrial screenprinting, the company changed its name to Schilling Graphics.
Dave transitioned the company in 1993 to his son Doug, who currently heads up Schilling Inc., formerly Schilling Graphics. Today, the company Dave started in his basement a half-century ago operates four sites across the country and provides solutions for printing, decorating, and digital printing technologies to companies throughout North America.
A lifelong resident of Galion before retiring to Florida in 1993, Dave generously gave of his time and resources to help build stronger communities in the region. After graduating from Lancaster High School, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and a teaching certificate from Bowling Green State University. He taught art in the Ada and Colonel Crawford school systems until 1968.
“Dave was a very personable individual to work for,” said Phil Shirley, Artwork Services manager who has been with the company for over 32 years. “He took lot of interest in his employees and always made an effort to know his people and their families. He will be missed as a good former boss, but more so as a great person.”
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