After a 50-year printing career involving dramatic changes in the industry, a longtime Astorian is putting his work to bed.
Tom Grimm, who worked for EO Media Group based in Astoria for 41 years, retired from the company last week. He announced his retirement in July and has since been closing out his small print shop in The Daily Astorian building.
“I just figured it was time,” Grimm said. “It’s a long two-week notice.”
Grimm, 69, graduated from Benson Tech High School in Portland, where his first glimpse at the profession came when he took shop classes in printing and photography.
After his 1967 graduation, Grimm worked for multiple companies, including the Daily Journal of Commerce. He studied graphic arts at Portland Community College and earned an Offset Sheetfed Journeyman certificate from a state apprenticeship program. In 1976, his brother, Ron, was working as a manager of Ferrell Home Center in Astoria and convinced his brother to move west. The area’s recreational opportunities, easy commutes and the opportunity to run a bigger press machine all appealed to him.
“It sounded pretty good coming to the coast,” Grimm said. “It sounded like an inviting place.”
Still in his 20s, Grimm convinced his manager early in his tenure to switch from letter press to a faster, more efficient offset press. He stayed with the company through several industry and corporation-specific transitions.
His retirement comes nearly a decade after his most recent switch to digital printing. For the past 22 years, Grimm has been printing for outside customers as well as for multiple departments and papers in EO Media Group. He produced specialized items that included paper, envelopes and cardboard signs.
“Tom has performed his job not only with excellence, but with a smile,” said David Pero, the editor and publisher of The Daily Astorian. “There’s been a lot of change to the industry over the years and he’s seen it all.”
Grimm will continue to live in the area with his wife, Kathy, whom he married soon before moving to Astoria. In his retirement, Grimm will continue to travel, hike, camp, fish and boat. He also will host local Boy Scout troops at a camp site on the northeast corner of Cullaby Lake.