The PGI Story
L. Harold Goley was a printing pioneer who began his career at Kable Printing Company in the 1950s, preparing lead forms on the third shift for a letterpress. Achieving an apprenticeship at an early age, he honed his skills, worked harder than anyone else in the room, and became one of the most highly skilled typographers in the country. In 1972, he was recruited to be a minority owner of a start-up company, Progressive Graphics, where he quickly became known as one of the most talented composition craftsmen in the world.
In 1987, gambling on his experience, his multiple graphics awards, and a few strong relationships he had built, Harold moved on to found Professional Graphics Inc. in Rockford, Ill. Under his leadership, PGI grew to 49 employees within six months and was turning a profit at the end of nine months. PGI, and Harold Goley, never looked back.
Harold was always driven and had a competitive nature, which he passed on to sons Pat, Steve, and Dave. He continually challenged them to outwork or outperform the competition; never satisfied, he continued to dissect his operation, pursuing a better product for the client and improved efficiency from the staff. He’d push. And then he’d push some more.
Harold would break for only a few precious weeks a year to enjoy his passion, fishing. He was an avid reader, rose lover, and family man.
Over the years, Professional Graphics continued to diversify and grow. Helmed by his son’s, PGI has navigated the huge changes in pre-press and publishing over the years. Thanks to millions invested in Grand Format printing technologies, PGI continues to evolve and flourish.
L. Harold passed away in January 2009 but left a legacy that lives today. This multigenerational company still follows his most important tenets: Commit to consistency. Deliver what you promise. And, most importantly, provide excellence in all phases, regardless of the size of the project.