About Tarheel Roller & Brayer Co.
In 1999, Tarheel Roller Co. of Clemmons, NC acquired the
composition roller manufacturing equipment and operations
from W.F. Isley & Co. in Greensboro, NC. in order to
continue the tradition of composition roller casting for
letterpress printers. The purchase included the original
double boiler steam heated copper mixing kettles, pressure
kettle, roller core centering stars, several roller molds,
as well as the composition formulas and techniques developed
by Isley since 1913.
Tarheel was salvaged from the scrapyards by two printers,
David H. Hauser, and Roy F. Wrights. Both had been Isley
roller customers for many years. When they heard the company
was preparing to discard some of its surplus molds and
equipment, and possibly discontinue making rollers, they
asked if they could take a look at what was involved in the
roller casting process. Following their observation, they
were convinced that someone should continue making
composition rollers for letterpress printers who prefer
printing with the original type roller material. They
decided to form a partnership to purchase and carry on the
operation of the business to insure that composition rollers
will continue to be available for printers.
roller casting operations were moved from Greensboro, NC to
2156 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, in Clemmons, NC in May of
1999. We moved to 6118 Winview Heights on February 1, 2011.
Following the death of his partner, Roy Wrights, from lung
cancer September 10, 2001, Hauser took over ownership and
operations of the business and casts rollers today assisted
by Steve Smith.