LBS Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Founded in 1921, LBS of Des Moines, Iowa, a manufacturer and distributor of materials for book publishing and luxury packaging, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Reaching this milestone marks a century of family- and employee-owned innovation and leadership.

Rob Mauritz, president and CEO, stated that the company is proud to have successfully been in business for 100 years. Mauritz said LBS has stayed true to the values that have been core to the company since the beginning – including innovation, partnership and customer service – and he is confident that by maintaining these principles, LBS will continue to succeed for the next 100 years.

LBS was a family-owned business from 1921 to 2014, becoming an employee-owned company on Oct. 31, 2014. Moving to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) model allowed LBS to continue growing while preserving the original company culture. Now, the company is comprised of approximately 70 employee-owners, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mauritz stated that the company has always been both forward-thinking and company-conscious in its business decisions, and its stable foundation has given it the ability to intentionally invest in core markets and diversify moving forward. To that point, LBS acquired Gane Brothers & Lane, Inc., in January 2021.

In addition, the Archival Products division of LBS will be celebrating its 35th anniversary, and its Corporate Image division will have been in business for 38 years this year. All divisions of LBS conduct business on a local, national and international level.

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