About Bankers Advertising

Who we've been

S.W. Mercer arrived in Iowa City from Ohio in 1895 after purchasing the Iowa State Press newspaper. The following year he founded Bankers Advertising Company, which, like other pioneer specialty firms of that time, both produced and sold the limited selection of sales promotion products available at the turn of the century - primarily advertising calendars and other paper-based items.

In addition to calendars and promotional products, the early Bankers sales people also sold bank supplies, hence the origin of the name Bankers. The closing of many banks during the Great Depression prompted the company to phase out its line of bank supplies as the market dwindled.

Now, one of the promotional product industry's oldest and largest firms, Bankers is one of just a few companies that continue to both manufacture and market many of its promotional products.

Current ownership and management of the company is in the hands of the 4th and 5th generation descendents of the founder. The company has served some of its customers continuously for over seven decades.

Who we are

Founded in 1896, Bankers Advertising Company is one of the promotional products industry's oldest and largest firms. Our national sales team can assist you with creative promotional products and programs to help you achieve your business goals.

Bankers Advertising Company has always been committed to providing promotional consulting, products, and value-added services. Bankers is proud to offer you:

  • We have 120 years of ownership and more than 200 years of combined senior-level experience.
  • Promotional Consultants who develop promotional marketing strategies for businesses large and small nationwide.
  • State-of-the-art graphics capabilities including full-color digital imaging
  • Corporate image programs and full-service inventory and fulfillment programs.
  • In-house embroidery facility with a wide selection of corporate apparel including popular brand names like Nike, Adidas, Champion, Cutter & Buck, PING, Tiger Woods, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, IZOD, Liz Claiborne, and more.
  • Skilled on-staff art department.
  • In-house screen-printing capabilities specializing in promotional and point of purchase advertising, banners, outdoor signage, product identification, fleet graphics, and more.
  • State-of-the-art printing and finishing equipment for manufacturing of stock and custom advertising calendars, planners, meeting resources, and other paper products. From paper and ink to complete custom products, we do it all!
  • Access to all industry promotional products supplier lines including select lines such as BIC, Post-It, Mag-lite, Coleman, Swiss Army, Zippo, CamelBak, Citizen, and Waterford.

Unique Promotional Solutions for the World's Most Important Business: Yours!

In January 2009, Bankers Advertising Company was honored at the Promotional Products Association International Expo Awards Presentation in Las Vegas for two PPAI Website Awards of Excellence.