| Our History
As Delaware’s only manufacturer of custom-made loose-leaf binders, Cann/Erikson Bindery has prospered for nearly 55 years by meeting the challenges of a changing marketplace.
It’s been a long journey from the downtown Wilmington location to the company’s 15,000-sq. ft. facility in Boxwood Industrial Park on Meco Circle.
According to William Cann Jr., former president of the business, the year was 1948 and he had only been out of the US Navy for two years when his uncle, Winfield L. Cann, approached him about buying the business, then called Cann Binding & Ruling Co.
The company continued to do finishing work and “pen ruling and ledger books were going good,” said Cann.In addition, the business offered hand bookbinding. “It was really a craft,” said Cann. There was such a need for the service that Cann used his GI Bill to purchase a home for a bookbinder from Kansas.
Eventually, machinery took over the craft of bookbinding and it, said Cann, “died out completely.”
In 1959 the business officially became Cann/Erikson Bindery, Inc. when Alfred Erikson became a principle in the operation.
During the next four decades, the company enjoyed a steady stream of local and national customers.
Cann/Erikson continues to focus on their core business with their highly-skilled employees and add other services.
Now, in addition to manufacturing binders, the business offers patch grommetting (the only business in Delaware to do so), laminating, index tabs, die punching, Wire-O and GBC binding with hands-on customer service and fast (and free within a 100 radius of Wilmington) delivery.