About Us

In 1968 (AL)an Dustin and (CHAR)lotte Foster opened the doors of ALCHAR Printing in West Sand Lake, NY. Jack Hupe and Tom Dowd bought the company in 1978 and at that time Alchar became a union print shop. The need for expansion prompted the move to the Troy location in 1980. The Company’s size and capabilities grew with the purchase of Birkmayer Artcrafters (1982), Schenectady Herold Printing (1986), Vee Printing (1999) and Lower Forty Prepress (2000). In 2000, the company became solely owned and managed by Jack Hupe and Denise Padula. In 2006, Denise Padula officially became the majority shareholder of the company and Alchar Printing became a NYS Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. The company continually evolves its products by incorporating new technology, equipment and services.

In 2011, Alchar was recognized by The NYS Small Business Development Center as Client of the Year. We partner with the community through volunteerism, philanthropy and awareness including work with Hope 7 Community Center, Capital District YMCA, Seton Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Alight Care Center, Boozefighters Food Pantry Drives, Alzheimer’s Association, the Boy Scouts of America and local PTOs to name a few.