Maxine Gift retires from ECM Publishers, Inc. after 34 years
Maxine Gift of Princeton has retired as the director of accounting for ECM Publishers, Inc., after 34 years.
She was hired by Tim Enger of then Princeton Publishing and reported for work on April 11, 1978.
During her 34 years, she helped build a company whose headquarters was in Princeton until 1997 when the corporate offices were moved to a new central office in Coon Rapids.
ECM still prints its newspapers at the expanded printing plant in Princeton, where it also prints the regional edition of the New York Times.
Back in 1976, Elmer L. Andersen, former governor of Minnesota and president of the H.B. Fuller Company, purchased the Princeton Union and the Princeton Eagle and formed the Princeton Publishing Company.
As the company added 13 more newspapers, a printing plant, a distribution company and five office product stores, Gift developed the accounting department, even though she never aspired to become a manager. See more in Princeton Union-Eagle story by Don Heinzman