Ernest L. Walker
May 30, 1930 — May 29, 2006

Ernest L. Walker started Ink Technology with nothing but his knowledge of chemistry, his knowledge of the industry and an absolutely marvelous personality.

Born in Troon, Scotland, one of the rotating sites of the British Open Golf Championship, he would play golf almost every day on the Troon golf course. In those days local kids could play for next to nothing. Ernie became a star on his high school rugby team, but he didn't shine academically—except in chemistry. He worked as a lab technician for a road-tar company while studying chemistry at Glasgow University.

He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and became a chemist for Burroughs Business Machines in Toronto where he and his team came up with no-smear carbon paper.

In 1958, Ernie married Cathy Dickie, his sister's friend. When Addressograph-Multigraph Corp. began courting him with job offers in 1964, his wife didn't want their comfortable life disrupted. He said he would take the position of lab manager only if his wages were doubled. They were. The family settled in Avon Lake, Ohio on the west side of Cleveland, which reminded him of his oceanside childhood home.

In 1978, he started the Wal-Tech Research and Development consulting firm. He soon learned there was a huge market for ink. In the early 1980s, he began Ink Technology Corporation which has become one of the world leaders in the production of bulk inks for office machines. He kept Wal-Tech and added Thermal Transfer Technology and Primedia Products in the 1990s.

Ernest L. Walker died on May 29, 2006 on the eve of his 76th birthday.

"He could always get excited talking about ink. And golf. And his native Scotland. And the American Dream." Janice Minadeo, fiancée.