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Kater-Crafts Bookbinders

5 of 5 stars 16 Reviews

4860 Gregg Rd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
www.katercrafts.com
(562) 692-0665
 
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders is a family owned business started in 1948 by Mel Kavin. His sons, Rick and Bruce, and his daughter Judy manage the oldest and largest library bindery in Southern California. We are in a 25,000 square foot building and have 5...read more
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders is a family owned business started in 1948 by Mel Kavin. His sons, Rick and Bruce, and his daughter Judy manage the oldest and largest library bindery in Southern California. We are in a 25,000 square foot building and have 50 employees. We provide both ABLE Library and ABLE Bindery, an Internet based bindery preparation system. Although primarily a Library Bindery, we offer a variety of other binding services. We produce limited edition binding, fine leather binding and restoration of rare books and bibles. We make a variety of protective devices: phase boxes, clamshell boxes, slip cases and specially designed containers. We offer de-acidification of paper and Mylar encapsulation. Portfolios, presentation binders, menu covers, scrapbooks, gift books and photo albums can be custom designed in a wide selection of materials. We have done restoration work for the Special Collections of university and public libraries, as well as rare book dealers and individual collectors. We have restored and rebound books for libraries that have had water, fire and earthquake damage. We believe that there is a special relationship between a Library and its Binder. The library trusts the Binder with its valuable library material, which is its life?s blood. We also believe that each Library has a personality that comes from the people, past and present, who have set the policies, the nature of the collection, and the people who use it. It is the job of the Binder to learn about this personality and to establish a good communication system so that the needs of the Library can be fulfilled.
 
 

Business Details

Category

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Bookbinding

Hours of Operation

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  • Mon 07:00 AM-03:30 PM
  • Tue 07:00 AM-03:30 PM
  • Wed 07:00 AM-03:30 PM
  • Thu 07:00 AM-03:30 PM
  • Fri 07:00 AM-11:30 AM

Brands

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  • Bind-It

Payment Options

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  • American Express
  • Check
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • VISA

Certification & Affiliations

  • Guild of Book Workers
  • Hardcover Binders International
  • Library Binding Institute
  • Printing Industries Association Southern California

Customers Served

  • Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Emergency Service

  • Emergency service available

Ownership

  • Family Owned

Products & Services

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  • Book & Bible Restoration
  • Custom Menu Covers
  • Custom Portfolios
  • Family Bible Restoration
  • Fine Leather Binding
  • More
  • Hard cover bookbinding
  • Hardcover
  • Limited Editions
  • On demand binding
  • Perfect Binding
  • Photo Books & Boxes
  • Saddle Stitching
  • Script Binding
  • Thesis Binding
  • Less

Specialties

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  • We provide both ABLE Library and ABLE Bindery, an Internet based bindery preparation system.

Additional Information

  • Since 1948, Book & Bible Restoration, Hard Cover Bookbinding, Fine Leather Binding,Rare & Antique Book Binding, Custom Menu Covers, Custom Portfolios, Photo Books & Albums, Clamshell Boxes & Slipcover... More Since 1948, Book & Bible Restoration, Hard Cover Bookbinding, Fine Leather Binding,Rare & Antique Book Binding, Custom Menu Covers, Custom Portfolios, Photo Books & Albums, Clamshell Boxes & Slipcovers, Library Binding, Thesis Binding, Legal & Medical Documents, Script Binding, On Demand Binding, Editions Binding from 1 to 2,000 Copies.Less

In Business Since

  • 1948
  • Insured, Bonded, Licensed

Areas Served

  • Nationwide

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
 

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5 of 5 stars
Nov 12, 2012
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
These folks did an AMAZING job with the restoration of an old textbook. My 92-year old aunt had written a chapter in this book and it was important to her. They made it look like it was new! If I ever needed to restore another book, this is defin... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Oct 11, 2012
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
Judy and her staff did a superb job in making a clam shell box for a very old Polyglot Bible for my husband's birthday. It is absolutely beautiful! They also bound our family tree volumes which turned out fantastic. Joan and Lon
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5 of 5 stars
Sep 10, 2012
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
Superb customer service and a high quality product. I had my dissertation manuscript printed and bound at this company and highly recommend them for other master and doctoral students. Judy in particular worked with me through multiple emails and... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Mar 12, 2012
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
What a fantastic compnay. I have been using them for over 20 plus years. My periodicals have been bound perfectly as well as many items done beautifully in leather. They are VERY friendly and professional. I would never consider going to anyone else.
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4 of 5 stars
Mar 11, 2012
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Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
the work your company did to refurbish that very special 108 year old book, was impeccable. until i marry my girlfriend and have a child with her, i don't think ill ever be able to match the gift that i gave her on xmas, when she unwrapped that book... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Feb 16, 2012
by Guest49385
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
I took a classic stamp book to Kater-Crafts. They beautifully rebound it, peeled the old front of the prior binding,and had it ready in the time promised and at the price promised. I was very satisfied.
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5 of 5 stars
Feb 10, 2012
by Guest42749
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
I have a 2-volume 120+ year old dictionary, which was in very poor shape. The leather covers were disintegrating and part of the covers were torn off. I had the good fortune of finding Kater Crafts and took the books in with the hope that they wou... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Dec 13, 2011
by Guest00917
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
I took two books to Kater-Crafts for restoration rebinding - one that was two hundred years old and missing the front cover, and a 65 year old huge book of bound newspapers that had lost it's spine resulting in the separation of the leaves as well a... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Apr 12, 2011
by Guest27305
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
I recently gathered several of my husband's research articles together and had them bound into a book as a gift for his 50th birthday. Judy, the graphic artist at Kater Crafts, assisted me in selecting the various materials needed for the book such... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Jul 23, 2010
by davy
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
I recently bought a John Deere 1930's operation manual at a swap meet. The binder was in rough shape, but thought it would be neat to have. I took it to KATER-CRAFTS, and they restored it to look like new. I started showing it around to friends, and... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Apr 8, 2010
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
Recently, I helped a friend write her memoir, and have had the joy of working with Kater-Crafts Bookbindery. In creating six beautiful books for the children, Judy, the talented graphic artist at Kater-Crafts, designed elegant, gold embossed covers,... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Mar 1, 2010
by none
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
Kater-Crafts has restored and/or recovered a number of items including my father's baby book, a well used cookbook whose cover was falling off, and a pamphlet from the mid-1800's. The work is first rate and they are the first one's to seek out when... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Feb 7, 2010
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
Thank you Judy, for helping to restore my Mother's Family Cookbooks. I have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting her repies again, without being in fear of the books falling apart! I willl truly recommend this business to everyone in need.
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5 of 5 stars
Aug 18, 2009
by Guest44924
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
My Mother used a Field Guide when bird watching with me when I was a boy. In 1971 she gave me my own copy. Mine fell apart. When my Mother died, I got her tattered copy. Both of them have our "life lists" of birds and handwritten notes. They ar... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Aug 8, 2009
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
My company, A.S.A.P. Publishing, which is a fine-arts small press has exclusively used Kater-Crafts Bookbinders for the past 15 years. I hold these book binding artisans in the highest regards. Every book that they have bound for us have truly been... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Aug 5, 2009
by Guest07175
business
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders 4860 Gregg Rd,
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
USA
When I sent my beloved childhood book "Elves and Fairies" to Kater Crafts Bookbinders to be restored I was overwhelmed by my emotional response upon its' return. Here is my favorite book from almost 60 years ago, masterfully put back together and y... (More)
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Kater-Crafts Bookbinders is a family owned business started in 1948 by Mel Kavin. His sons, Rick and Bruce, and his daughter Judy manage the oldest and largest library bindery in Southern California. We are in a 25,000 square foot building and have 50 employees. We provide both ABLE Library and ABLE Bindery, an Internet based bindery preparation system. Although primarily a Library Bindery, we offer a variety of other binding services. We produce limited edition binding, fine leather binding and restoration of rare books and bibles. We make a variety of protective devices: phase boxes, clamshell boxes, slip cases and specially designed containers. We offer de-acidification of paper and Mylar encapsulation. Portfolios, presentation binders, menu covers, scrapbooks, gift books and photo albums can be custom designed in a wide selection of materials. We have done restoration work for the Special Collections of university and public libraries, as well as rare book dealers and individual collectors. We have restored and rebound books for libraries that have had water, fire and earthquake damage. We believe that there is a special relationship between a Library and its Binder. The library trusts the Binder with its valuable library material, which is its life?s blood. We also believe that each Library has a personality that comes from the people, past and present, who have set the policies, the nature of the collection, and the people who use it. It is the job of the Binder to learn about this personality and to establish a good communication system so that the needs of the Library can be fulfilled.