History of Royal Printing Co., Inc.
Roy Thomas had been in the printing business for nearly 65 years upon his death in 1999. His father was superintendent of a printing plant in Borger, Texas, and Roy practically grew up in the business.
In 1948, Roy came to Oklahoma City to work for Bond Printing Company where he stayed until June, 1961 when he and two others started Royal Printing Company. Roy had a vast knowledge of printing and LOVED what he did. He was known for his silly jokes and making those around him smile. Roy Thomas was involved in printing Oklahoma's election ballots before opening Royal Printing. By the time he started Royal Printing, Roy had gained the expertise and knowledge necessary for printing election ballots. Thus began the tradition and specialty know-how that Royal Printing has enjoyed throughout the years. Royal Printing also established a well respected name in commercial printing within the community; printing for such long standing customers as the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic and the State Fair of Oklahoma.
In 1991 the Oklahoma State Election Board made history by becoming the first and only state at the time to begin requiring all state, county, and school elections to be printed with exact specifications for electronic voting machines. Meeting strict specifications was something Royal Printing Company was accustomed to since we had been printing Oklahoma County's election ballots for many years. Royal Printing was awarded the state contract and to this date continues holding the bid and now prints the ballots for seventy-six of Oklahoma's counties for most national, state and local elections. In 1999, Roy Thomas passed away. Due to his careful planning and skillful teaching, the company was able to continue as before.
After Roy's death, his sixth and youngest child, Kelley Thomas, became the company's new president, his youngest son and fourth child, Phil Thomas became vice-president, his second oldest son, Max Thomas is in charge of the shipping department, and granddaughter Heather Thomas works as Kelley’s right-hand assistant and business manager. Many other family members work part-time to help insure our company’s longstanding success. Several other employees that are not actual family members work diligently and loyally as well, and are a huge part of our Royal Printing family.