People of Print
We love making your ideas a reality
Call us old school, but we like to work with our hands to make beautiful products. Of course we rely on top-of-the-line tools to perfect the craft, but we are not an online, sub-par delivery of printed business cards. We work with designers and artists together in our shop. We get the colors perfect. We make the advertisement pop. We make the branding tangible and at your customer’s fingertips.
For over 30 years, Classic Litho + Design has been working with large and small businesses to deliver quality print products. Packaging, Large Format, Custom Die Cutting, Bindery, Fulfillment, and yes, even business cards are rolling out of our Torrance facility on a daily basis.
We look forward to working to make your next idea into reality.
Top Of The Line Equipment
Each client’s job is different than the next. We leverage the latest technology and master the oldest of refined techniques to maximize our efficiency while delivering quality, every time.
The heart of our operation, our offset print capabilities are more efficient than most due to two large press rooms. One holds our Heidelberg 6-color CD 102 with Interdeck UV. The other, the latest Heidelberg 8-color CD 102. Like children, we can’t pick our favorite!
Finishing & Bindery
Our efficiencies get even better with our complete bindery with in-house saddle stitching, perfect binding, die-cutting, and fulfillment. The heart of the bindery is our original Heidelberg S Series 28″ Cylinder Die Cutter (you’ll have to come see this piece of history!).
Digital Press & Large Format
Lightning fast with no sacrifice to quality, our Hewlett Packard Indigo 7800 Digital Press can serve a number of our clients. For banners, signs, and other large format jobs, our large format capabilities are bolstered by our Hewlett Packard Scitex Industrial Printer FB 700 and Designjet L26500 Latex Printer. The Zund G3 L-3200 Digital Flatbed Cutter, Graphtec FC8000-130 Cutter Plotter, and the Seal 65 Pro MD Laminor round out the room.
Technology & Support
Our team of print support staff and graphic design artists use the latest hardware and software to support your artwork directly to fruition. Multiple Apple iMac and Mac Pro Workstations connect to our Kodak Workflow Server and client facing FTP server for clean, reliable data transfers.
Meet Your Printing Team
We are passionate about making your dreams into reality. Each detail is important. Every color needs to be perfect.
Firo is a daredevil at heart. Her past times have included acrobatics on a flying trapeze and jumping out of airplanes. When she’s not risking her life or playing with her granddaughter, you will find her overseeing the day to day operations of Classic Litho and attending to her clients' needs. She is the heart of the company and clients and employees appreciate the dedication and creativity she brings to them.
Masoud was born in Iran to a German mother and Iranian father. He began his career as a commercial airline pilot during the glamorous “Catch Me If You Can” days of the airline industry. After moving to the United States, he learned about printing from the ground up by taking an entry level job at a small mom and pop print shop and learning how to do every position. Since then, he started his own company and has grown it so that he can provide clients a full array of printing services including wide format, offset, digital, die cutting, etc.
Darioush started his career in the printing industry straight out of college by working as a sales person for PrimeSource (now Fuji). Darioush once considered pursuing a career in rap music but chose to get his MBA from Pepperdine University and joined Classic Litho shortly thereafter. Darioush has never regretted his choice. He still loves rap music and will argue the merits of West Coast rap over East Coast.
Ricky was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Southern California. He’s been in the printing industry for over 35 years. On the weekends, you can find him playing in one of his many 80s cover bands or at the local skate park. Ricky is responsible for all aspects of production at Classic Litho. His experience and expertise provides clients with creative, cost-effective production methods to help them turn their ideas into reality.
Jerome Palmer was born and raised in Southern California. Jerome is an avid Sci-Fi fan and can be your go to person for Star Trek, Star Wars, and pretty much anything on the Sci-Fi network. He became interested in the print industry in high school when he took a printing course as an elective. Jerome has been with Classic Litho almost 30 years. He’s worked as a project manager, estimator, and currently manages production. You can often find him in his car as he commutes from his home in the high desert to Torrance daily.
Bill Obr was born and raised in South Dakota. Bill is a former luthier and amateur photographer. He still loves the arts and enjoys painting. He began working for a printing company to support himself and his wife while attending college. Bill has worked his way up from entry level positions learning various aspects of printing and brings that expertise to his clients. He is the Senior Project Manager at Classic Litho and co-workers always appreciate the clarity and support Bill provides.
Ray Rodriguez is a native Angeleno. In 2005, he was the manager of an AT&T store when a print company noticed an ad he had designed to promote his store. Ray was hired by that print shop as an entry level designer. Ray took the opportunity to learn more about grand format printing and soon became the wide format print manager. Ray brings his design skills, prior grand format experience, and desire for improvement in managing Classic Litho’s Grand Format and Digital Print department. Outside of work, Ray is a happily married father to 4 girls. Ray is an avid calligrapher and has perfected the German Fraktur font. He also enjoys creating fresh water, plant-based aquariums.
Preeth Perera attended the first printing academy in Sri Lanka where he was awarded several gold medals for achievement. He worked for a Sri Lankan company that sponsored his education at Heidelberg and then transferred him to open a branch in Dubai. Preeth lived in Dubai for 18 years with his wife and two daughters. They moved to Los Angeles in 2014. When not at work Preeth enjoys working on his fresh water aquarium and eating gorgeous cakes designed by his wife, Kanthi. Kanthi’s cakes have won awards and you can see them on facebook - Cakes by Kanthi.
Bill Bardes moved to Los Angeles from Detroit in 1994 when he was hired by an insurance company as a data programmer to build software that calculated the cost of earthquake damage to apartment buildings. During this time, Bill and a partner created a directory for musicians of rehearsal spaces, recording studios, etc. In the process of writing and printing the directory, Bill learned all the ins and outs of printing. Bill left his career as a data programmer and was hired by a print shop to create their digital prepress department. After 20 years in prepress, Bill moved into print production where he is able to help clients with their projects. Staying true to his Motor City roots, Bill loves to work on cars. He recently built a replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra from the ground up. He was also a carpenter in his former life and enjoys wood working. He can build your furniture from scratch.
Cristian Salgado was born in Ecuador and moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 13. He began his career in print with Classic Litho as a driver and has been promoted several times over the years. He is a Project Manager and assists clients with their projects. Cristian is a registered breeder of AKC French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.
Maria Thomas was born into a printing family. Her father owned Cerritos Printing. She is the oldest of 7 children. She is an expert seamstress and teaches salsa dancing on the weekends. She is the proud mother of 3 and a grandmother to one lucky girl. Maria is wonderful and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all the clients and vendors that come to visit.