Patrick Roe started The Logan Press in 2004 after half a lifetime of supplying, restoring and moving old letterpress machinery and equipment.
He has always had a particular love of Arab presses since owning one as a schoolboy and this obsession has endured to the present day.
A few years ago, he took on Guy Brudenell, an experienced and enthusiastic engineer who had a passion for all old machinery including his own 1926 BSA motorbike.
AMR Press, run by Giles Hovendon, was one of the few other companies in the UK to specialise in the supply, transport, installation, maintenance and reconditioning of letterpress and printmaking equipment.
They had 25 years experience of this work, having grown from the renowned Printing House Museum in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
At the beginning of 2020, AMR Press and The Logan Press decided to merge and became AMR Logan Press. The premises Josiah Wade first built in Halifax for the manufacture of Arab presses was Crown Works, so the Irthlingborough buildings took this name.
With experience of running an engineering company, Melanie Hollin was the obvious choice to keep everything running smoothly. She is the first point of contact over the ’phone or email and handles all the estimating, invoicing, accounts and anything else you can think of.
The latest member of the team is Mark Hammond who restores machines at Crown Works and also travels the length and breadth of the country to move all kinds of printmaking equipment.