Newton printer up for sale

One of Newton’s oldest surviving businesses may have closed its doors for good.

Epps Printing Co., which dates back to the early 1920s, is up for sale.

For nearly 90 years, Epps served as one of the area’s main hubs for any type of printing — from wedding invitations to business checks and invoices.

In recent years, the computer and a struggling economy hurt Epps’ business, as nearly all of the company’s clients went under or began printing in-house.

After taking over the business from his father in 1955, longtime owner Joe Epps says he’s finally throwing in the towel.

“I’ve had some interest from buyers already,” Epps said. “It’s hard to let go, though. I’ve been in it for so long.”

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