LEWIS PAPER is a leading printing paper distributor offering fine quality printing papers and graphic art supplies to businesses since 1982, servicing the needs of quick printers, schools, and organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and Wyoming. We are open to doing business with anyone that buys paper & supplies, from one ream to one truckload.

Lewis Paper Place was the vision of Dick & Miriam Lewis, owners of Richard Lewis Paper Corp.  Dick Lewis, with 40 years of paper sales experience saw the rapid growth of the quick printing industry and together they formed Lewis Paper Place in March of 1982. The company started with 2 employees, both family members, John Lewis and Yvonne Jewson. They opened our first location in Wheeling, IL. with modest inventory, a paper cutter and the motto “It’s our service that sets us apart.”  We were originally a “cash and carry” business where customers could pick up paper and graphic arts supplies. It quickly became apparent that the majority of the business demanded deliveries, fortunately our third employee owned a pick up truck. That might work fine in warm sunny weather, however Illinois is not always warm and sunny, which necessitated the need to purchase a van. Our fleet today consists of over 45 vehicles.  Lewis Paper Place was originally represented by a handful of paper mills, which to this day are still a part of Lewis Paper; Wausau Paper, Williamhouse/National Envelope and Neenah Paper to name a few.

We now represent all major domestic paper mills and carry the widest selection of brand name paper products the market has to offer.  In July of 1983 the company was joined by Bob Zessis, our current President, who brought extensive knowledge of the paper industry with a sales and marketing background.  After Bob joined the company, several new locations were opened and many new supplier agreements were started. Our ability to offer a service platform of competitive pricing, timely delivery, availability of brand name quality products, accurate orders, easy to do business with attitude, supported by our “whatever it takes” philosophy led to earning the privilege of serving over 4000 customers. Our market share and sales began to grow dramatically.   To date, Lewis Paper has grown to 8 locations in four states and operates as a wholesale paper merchant that specializes in selling sheet-fed paper products and graphic art supplies to the printing community and local businesses. We are proud of our successes, our family of customers, our family of staff, our family of vendors. We are today as we were in 1982 a family owned and run business. We thank all those who allow us the great opportunity to earn your business each and every day.

Lewis Paper Corporate Brochure

Lewis Paper Timeline

1982 – Dick and Miriam Lewis start Lewis Paper Place in Wheeling, IL as a division of R. Lewis Paper Corp

1983 – Company opens a distribution center in Addison, IL

1984 – Company opens a distribution center in Denver, Colorado

1985 – Company opens a distribution center in downtown Chicago

1986 – Lewis Paper Place is spunoff as
a separate corporation under the leadership of John Lewis and Yvonne Jewson

1988 – Company opens a distribution center in Lisle, IL

1989 – Company opens two distribution centers in Fort Collins, Colorado & Rockford, IL

1990 – Company begins to develop outside sales force

1991 – Company opens two distribution centers; Portage, Michigan & South Bend, Indiana

1991 – The Rockford, IL distribution center is merged into both Wheeling/Addison, IL

1996 – Company opens a distribution center in Tinley Park, IL

1998 – John Lewis passes away

1998 – Bob Zessis is appointed President/COO

2003 – The distribution center in Lisle, IL is merged into the Addison IL facility

2005 – Lewis Paper purchases Skokie Paper Point in Skokie, IL and merges it into our Wheeling and Chicago facilities

2006 – Lewis Paper Place changes name to Lewis Paper, creates new logo

2007 – 25th Anniversary

2008 – The Addison, IL distribution center is relocated to a larger facility in Addison

2008 – Dick Lewis passes away

2008 – Miriam Lewis becomes CEO

2014 – Lewis Paper acquires Paper Hive in Colorado Springs, CO and merges it into our Denver facility