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About Southwest Precision Printers

About SWP40 years ago, Tim Tully and his wife, Barkla, began their printing business in a warehouse in Bellaire, Texas with equipment acquired from a former map printing enterprise. One noteworthy piece of equipment that was part of their acquired inventory was a 1940s press designed to print maps on aircraft destroyers in WWII. As the story goes, a neighboring mechanic volunteered to rebuild the press from a large box of parts included in the equipment purchase. The result was later affectionately known as the “Purple Paper Eater”.

During its first nine years, SWP printed one-color and two-color jobs. Tim would do the camera work and film stripping during the early morning, make his sales calls during business hours, and then run the press in the evening. Barkla, on the other hand, spent her days at a full-time job and then devoted her evenings to handling all accounting functions and other duties for their new business.

From those humble beginnings, our company has flourished and grown through a mixture of hard work, persistence and integrity to become one of Houston’s most respected commercial printers.

Today, SWP operates from a 58,000 square-foot facility in west central Houston at Beltway 8 and I-10 and is the largest independent, family-owned commercial printer in Houston. SWP has enjoyed continuous growth the past 40 years, quadrupling sales since 1995. We attribute our success to our exceptional staff, cutting-edge prepress technology, superb craftsmen and state-of-the-art equipment. Throughout the years, our outstanding team has won numerous awards for printing and graphic excellence.

With a passionate commitment to excellence, SWP is dedicated to continuing our tradition of providing our clients with the highest level of quality products, courteous customer service and cutting-edge technology.

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Delivering Your Proofs Just Got A Lot More Interesting…


Delivering your proofs just got a whole lot more interesting! The SWP proof truck is sporting a brand new race car themed vehicle wrap in celebration of our 40th year in business. The new wrap was produced in-house and is … [...]

SWP Wins BIG at 2015 Graphic Excellence Awards!


The annual event was held last night at the Doubletree – Greenway Plaza. Each year Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast’s Graphic Excellence Awards Competition recognizes the best in technology and craftsmanship from the region’s printing, imaging, finishing and creative … [...]



Long time printing veteran, Jim Walker was honored with the Silver Medal Award from the Houston chapter of the American Advertising Federation at its 2015 American Advertising Awards on February 19th at Minute Maid Park. The Silver Medal Award is … [...]

The ‘Holy Grail’ of Print Communication


Last night, SWP picked up its ‘Benny’ at The 2014 Premier Print Gala in Chicago, IL. Tim and Barkla Tully attended the ceremony where the ‘Benny’ was presented to Southwest Precision Printers (SWP) for its entry, LSI Robway in the Brochures and Broadsides, … [...]

SWP Around the Web


Look who’s talking about Southwest Precision Printers around the web! Many of the most reputable websites in the printing industry have been announcing SWP’s Benny win.  Printing Impressions ( Digital Consumer Electronics What They … [...]

SWP wins a Benny!


Southwest Precision Printers (SWP) of Houston, was recently notified that it will be awarded the Benny, the highest honor at the 2014 Premier Print Awards for their entry, LSI Robway. The Premier Print Awards, the graphic arts industry’s largest and … [...]

2014 Graphic Excellence Award Finalists Announced


Finalists have been announced for the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast’s (PIGC) 2014 Graphic Excellence Awards (GEA), which will be held on Wednesday, April 16th. Listed below are the SWP entries that have won an Award of Excellence or … [...]

SWP Produces Gold!


Southwest helps clients bring home ADDY® Awards Southwest Precision Printers (SWP) helped several of its clients bring home prestigious awards at the 2014 American Advertising (ADDY®) Awards on February 13, 2014. Among the several winning pieces that SWP helped produce … [...]



SWP Wins BIG at Graphic Excellence Awards


• 9 Awards of Excellence • 12 Best of Category • Division III – Gold • Division III – Silver • Division III – Bronze • Finishing Division – Bronze • Best of Show, 2nd Runner Up • People’s Choice … [...]

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