Book Bindery Maintains Profitable Niche Craft

by George Waldon  on Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 12:00 am  

John Machycek, owner of J&B Quality Book Bindery Inc., displays a copy of “The Beautiful Story: Golden Gems of Religious Thought,” published in 1888.  (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

Machycek became a bookbinder by happenstance as an 18-year-old
in search of work. A job interview in 1962 led to employment with Little Rock Library Bindery.

“I’ve worked for a book bindery about my whole life,” Machycek said.

When he started J&B in 1977, Machycek straddled two jobs, working the 11:30 p.m.-7 a.m. graveyard shift at International Business Forms and opening his shop from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

“I was a young man then, and it was easy to do,” he said. “I did this for about 12 years until I paid off all the equipment.”

The “B” in the company name was going to reflect a partnership with Betty Kitchens. That partnership didn’t happen although she worked for Machycek.

He decided to keep the “B” in recognition of his brother-in-law and sister, Bruce and Bernice Henley, who loaned him money to help start the business.

With an experienced background in both printing and bookbinding, Machycek decided to choose the less competitive field for his venture.

“I always stayed with the bookbinding,” he said. 



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