The Sabin Robbins Story
In the late 19th century Mr. Sabin Robbins an entrepreneur and salesman from Middletown,
Ohio traveled throughout the South selling wrapping paper and other supplies to
pharmacists. He gained an advantage over regional paper mills by purchasing discounted
overruns from Ohio paper mills which allowed him to sell his product at a very competitive
An Industry is Born
One day in 1884, a local printer unexpectedly ran out of paper. Desperate to complete
his job, he asked the local pharmacist to borrow some of the paper which had been
supplied to him by Mr. Robbins. To the printer’s surprise, the paper from Sabin
Robbins was a better quality and price than he could get from local paper mills.
The word spread throughout the printer community and soon Sabin Robbins was supplying
paper to many printers throughout the South.
Business Continues to Grow
Mr. Robbins continued to ply his trade and grow his business until his death in
1908. By this time he had built a thriving business with a reputation for quality
paper which was competitively priced and backed by outstanding service. Having established
a successful business model which included aggressive inventory, custom converting,
sheeting and slitting, the company was ready to grow and began expanding throughout
the nation. The first major expansion took place in 1920 with a new division in
Cleveland, Ohio. As the country and the printing industry continued to grow, so
did Sabin Robbins Paper Company. Over the years Sabin Robbins divisions have operated
in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and New Jersey
to meet the ever changing needs of the print community.
The world has changed and so has Sabin Robbins. As the paper and printing industries
have consolidated and contracted due to decreased demand, Sabin Robbins has remained
competitive by centralizing its customer service, converting and inventory into
one major full-service facility in Mansfield, Ohio. The company continues to serve
the entire nation from this facility. Customers continue to experience high levels
of service and product availability through the utilization of strategic logistics
programs which are designed to meet the needs of each customer.
Sabin Robbins celebrated its 130th Anniversary in 2014 with new ownership of experienced
and successful paper executives who understand the business. Under the new name
of Sabin Robbins Converting Company, they are building on the existing company foundation
which includes a modern infrastructure and an experienced and talented workforce
to make an even better company. They know that customers are under ever increasing
pressure from a constantly evolving market and while this has become the norm, there
is one thing that stays the same, they must have a paper supplier that can supply
the right product, at the right time, at the right price. Sabin Robbins Converting
Company plans on continuing to be that one constant in the customer’s world.