Celebrating our Centennial
Keller Bros. & Miller, Inc. is a family owned, commercial, union printing company. KBM was founded in 1916 by Nick Keller, George Keller and John Miller near the southeast corner of Franklin and Chippewa. In 1922 they moved towards what was then the suburbs – the current location at 401 Franklin Street.
Ralph Salerno, grandfather of the current owner, joined the company in 1922, taking ownership in the 1950s. His son John started at the company as soon as he was old enough to wrap a package, becoming a master craftsman, and assuming ownership in 1975. In 1987 John, with his sons Ralph, current President, and John, Jr., launched a reorganization taking KBM into its next chapter. They acquired the building, grew into both floors in 1993, and in 2008 with guidance from the Buffalo Preservation Board, expanded next door into what had been a livery stable, restoring the façade to its original design of the 1890s.
Growth through Acquisitions
A number of acquisitions of local businesses have provided the ability to expand resources and service offerings. In 2011, the acquisition of AlphaGraphics included the services of the former owner, LeRoy Osborn, who continues his work at KBM today. The acquisition of Brittany Industries expanded mail and fulfillment services to the company’s list of capabilities. Petit Printing was acquired in 2013; Rich Petit, the owner, a number of his valued employees and equipment joined forces with Keller Bros., providing the impetus for continued growth in service.
For the first 8 decades the company was known primarily as a political printer. Over time we’ve had the pleasure of providing print services for John Kennedy, the Rockefellers, Martin Luther King, as well as a slew of entertainers and promoters. Today, while they still print some of the political signage one sees in the area, KBM’s customers include ad agencies, manufacturers, print brokers, printers, artists, museums, galleries, unions, professional service firms, and restaurants.
John Sr., Ralph and John Jr. are active in the day-to-day business. Their specialty continues to be quality products, relationships and service.
*Photo by Scott Haenlin Photography