Located in the remote mountain paradise of Davis, West Virginia since the early ’80s, East West Printing is a family-run business that began as a basement operation serving regional adventure outfitters.
These days EWP prints t-shirts for events, businesses and organizations nationwide out of a 10,000-square foot facility, while remaining true to their small town roots.
Known as pillars within their community, EWP is a coveted workplace, having through their history, multiple 20-year employees. What’s their secret? For one, they’re a meticulous and passionate crew with an appetite for the creativity and puzzle-solving that comes with the print industry. With a communal lunch room, flexible work schedules, freshly harvested food in the fridge, and best of all, laughter ringing throughout the building, EWP has been a model for “Working to Live” long before the phrase was ever coined.
Meet the Team
The heart and soul (and President) of EWP, Alice started East West over 38 years ago with husband Bill (while raising two sons). When she’s not cracking jokes and making her job overseeing general operations (and innumerable details) look much easier than it is, Alice is touring with her band Aurora Celtic playing flutes and banjo—and occasionally being mistaken for a celebrity. Can you guess which one, because we’re not exactly sure ourselves?
Bill is much more than Vice President, he is the “West” (California) in East West printing. After printing and delivering the very first Star Trek tees personally to Mrs. Roddenberry’s house, and designing t-shirts for the King Tut museum tour in the early ’70s, he is also somewhat of a legend among his friends. Bill is the Zen master and technical wizard of the East West printing floor. When he’s not at the shop, Bill’s stealing a mountain bike ride out the back door or tending to one of his organic gardens.
Not only Alice’s sister (can you tell?!), Ruthie has been a creative force and Director of EWP’s Art Department for over 25 years. Luckily for us, her degree in art conservation and printmaking translates quickly into memorable and trend-setting tees. But of course her artistry doesn’t stop there—Ruthie is also a talented painter, mother of two and Old Time fiddle player.
One of our newer recruits, but a quickly rising star on the printing press, Tony is a cheerful and energetic presence in the shop. When he’s not printing t-shirts, he is cycling, snowboarding and enjoying the year ‘round recreation that Davis is known for.