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Rick Rolfes

Rick Rolfes

Credit Manager

After attending Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati for 3 years, Rick Rolfes began his career at Kaeser & Blair in 1988 working in the credit department and helping getting orders processed "the old fashioned way." He worked his way up to Credit Manager before leaving in 1996 to explore an opportunity with a local law firm specializing in collections. Rick returned to K&B in 2005 with a wealth of additional knowledge and again heads up the Credit and Collections department.

With an innate ability to apply common sense to the most difficult credit decisions Rick is utilizing his 20 years of experience to protect not only Kaeser's largest asset, but also the independent business owners earnings to insure credit worthy customers and timely payments. With a staff of six, he is continuing to look for ways to improve the efficiency of the department.

A Rich Heritage

In our 120+ years of continuous operation our business owner family has achieved some milestones we're proud of. Scroll or click through to learn more.

1894

1894

Founded in 1894 as the Cincinnati Printing and Paper Products Co. in Cincinnati, an extension of a Northern Kentucky printing company dating back to the 1850's.

Dutch Kaeser & Bill Blair

1923

Purchased by Dutch Kaeser & Bill Blair.

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1924

Name changed and incorporated in the State of Ohio as Kaeser & Blair, Inc.

1925

1925

Began selling products through independent dealers - the start of the Kaeser & Blair family of dealers.

1926

1926

First dealer sales catalog produced.

1934

1934

Installed new state of the art printing equipment and doubled capacity.

Eastern Ave. Facility

1944

Purchased 47,000 square foot printing facility and office on Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati - home to Kaeser & Blair for the next 46 years.

1947

1947

Contracted with Disney to manufacture and offer special Disney character calendars.

1956

1956

Awarded copyright by the US Library of Congress Copyright Office for commercial Teaser calendars.

Marilyn Monroe

1957

Manufactured and offered now famous Marilyn Monroe calendars.

1960

1960

Integrated state-of-the-art, cutting edge IBM computer automation.

1974

1974

Gas prices jumped from $.38 a gallon to to $.55 and a record number of new dealers joined the Kaeser & Blair family to earn extra money.

1981

1981

To better serve family of dealers, manufacturing jobbed out and higher focus and attention placed on distributer functions.

1984

1984

First Best Buys concept catalog produced.

1987

1987

Introduced the Ultimate Marketing Vehicle - a mobile showroom of promotional products.

1988

1988

Awarded as a Top 25 Distributor by ASI Counselor Magazine - have received this honor continuously every year since.

1990

1990

Expanded and moved to present day location in Batavia, Ohio.

1991

1991

First Kaeser & Blair annual convention and family reunion held.

1993

1993

Introduced the highly profitable sub-dealer program.

100 Year Anniversary

1994

Celebrated 100th anniversary and introduced Century Club to recognize and award top producers.

1995

1995

Introduced revolutionary ACH wire transfer of daily earnings to dealers.

1995

1995

Expanded Batavia facility to keep up with business growth.

1996

1996

First KTU (Kaeser Training University) dealer educational seminar.

Kaeser Central Web Site

2000

Introduced cutting edge KaeserCentral dealer web site.

2005

2005

Expanded Batavia facility again to keep up with business growth.

2017

2017

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