Hoffman Estates, IL • Dec 1, 2020 – Plum Grove Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a full-service marketing and printing agency that specializes in helping businesses grow.
It was December 1980 when Peter Lineal, Founder, got the keys to his new business, which happened to fall on the same day his daughter, Kara, was born. In its first year, Plum Grove struggled to turn a profit, and Peter’s entrepreneurial optimism was declining when three ladies walked through the door, waking Peter’s infant daughter, “Kara was screaming, yet immediately became our top salesperson when this non-profit organization became enamored with my new baby, and ultimately partnered with our business, becoming our biggest client for the next 17 years,” laughs Peter.
Under Peter’s leadership, Plum Grove has evolved from a commercial printer to a one-stop-shop that includes marketing consulting, mailing services, promotional products, signs, and trade show displays. In his active role as founder and sales manager, Peter utilizes his decades of printing, marketing, and mailing expertise to serve hundreds of clients nationwide.
This non-profit organization became enamored with my new baby, and ultimately partnered with our business, becoming our biggest client for the next 17 years.
Kara Lineal, President & CMO, joined the business in 2018, “After enjoying a very rewarding career growing sales and leading marketing teams for manufacturers of consumer goods, global brands, and mass retailers, I made a quality-of-life transition and joined forces with my father in our shared passion for marketing.” Kara and Peter Lineal are a dynamic duo that bring together decades of traditional, digital and blended “tra-digital” marketing success stories, serving the gamut of startups, local businesses, national chains, B2B, B2C, nonprofits, and franchises.
In its decorated history, Plum Grove has been awarded the Daily Herald Annual Award for Business Excellence (AABE), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award, and the Business Ledger C-Suite of the Year, amongst others.
Plum Grove’s many achievements have been made possible because of its dedicated workforce of 30 individuals – over a third of which have been together for 20+ years, and more than half have been with the agency for over a decade. This longevity is a defining reason how Plum Grove is able to offer expert insights and hassle-free experiences to help its clients grow their businesses.
About Plum Grove
Plum Grove® empowers businesses to connect with the world, tell their story, build their brands, and promote growth through custom marketing solutions. Including over 1 million ways to grow your business, Plum Grove’s diverse offering includes marketing strategy, printing services, promotional products, trade show displays, direct mail marketing, and digital marketing agency services. With 40 years of history and experience and an average employee tenure of 15 years, Plum Grove prides itself on both its powerful force of seasoned experts and the strong family values that are the foundation of its culture. The company has been honored for Business Excellence and earned the Illinois Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award, recognizing innovation in environmental protection with green-friendly, sustainable manufacturing practices.