At its inception, Lexmark was headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., and maintained locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company has expanded its footprint and now has a presence in more than 170 countries.
March 1991: Lexmark was formed as a spin-off of IBM.
July 1991: Lexmark announced its first new products, the IBM Personal Printer Series II and IBM 4226 dot matrix printers.
July 1992: The first Lexmark and IBM co-branded product was announced: the IBM Personal Wheelwriter 25 and IBM Wheelwriter 35.
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September 1992: Lexmark increased its sales force to begin focusing on the end user, selling directly to large accounts.
October 1992: Lexmark announced its first inkjet printer, the IBM Color Jetprinter PS 4079.
October 1993: Lexmark introduced its first inkjet printer with an internally developed engine (monochrome printing), the IBM ExecJet II 4076.
January 1994: Lexmark announced it would organize its sales and marketing areas into industry-focused teams, a pivotal move in increasing Lexmark's presence in vertical markets.
August 1994: Lexmark announced its first internally developed inkjet color printer, the ExecJet IIc.
October 1994: Lexmark introduced the industry's first true 1,200-by-1,200 dots per inch (dpi) laser printers: the Optra family.
January 1995: Lexmark went live on the World Wide Web.
April 1995: Lexmark announced the Medley in North America, the industry's first printer-fax-copier-scanner combination product with color printing capability.
November 1995: Lexmark became a public company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LXK.
September 1996: Lexmark moved its corporate headquarters from Greenwich, Conn., to Lexington.
April 1997: The industry's first inkjet device capable of printing 1,200-by-1,200 dpi is announced: the Lexmark 7000 Color Jetprinter.
September 1998: Lexmark Solution Services was launched to meet customer demands for comprehensive, customized printing solutions.
April 1999: Lexmark began selling its offerings in the area of managed print services, which included asset and consumables management, maintenance services and consulting services.
January 2000: Lexmark opened a bottle-assembly plant in Cebu, Philippines, to produce integrated printheads to meet worldwide demand.
September 2002: Lexmark announced a strategic alliance with Dell to develop and produce Dell inkjet and laser printers and related aftermarket cartridges.
January 2003: Lexmark introduced the Lexmark Document Solutions Suite, the software basis for Lexmark's customization and application capabilities.
April 2005: Lexmark introduced the Lexmark P4350, the industry's first all-in-one inkjet printer with a color LCD screen.
February 2006: Lexmark introduced its first open-architecture solutions platform, the Lexmark Embedded Solutions Framework.
October 2008: Lexmark began a major expansion and enhancement of its laser product lineup, announcing a combination of 38 new printers and multifunction products.
September 2009: Lexmark launched a full line of eight all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers for small to medium businesses. The announcement included the world's first Web-connected line of inkjet AIOs and the lowest black printing cost in the inkjet industry.
June 2010: Lexmark acquired Perceptive Software to expand its market opportunity and strengthen its document workflow solutions portfolio.
October 2010: Lexmark CEO Paul Curlander announced he would retire in spring 2011, and he named Paul Rooke as his successor. Lexmark Genesis was announced, a powerful inkjet AIO.
November 2010: The company combined its two divisions, laser and inkjet printers, into a single operation.
July 2011: Lexmark posted a quarterly record for earnings per share and said sales of laser toner hit record highs during the first half of the year.
October 2011: Lexmark acquired Netherlands software company Pallas Athena in a cash transaction valued at $50.2 million.
February 2012: Lexmark announced declines in overall revenue and profit for its fourth quarter and all of 2011. The company also said it would eliminate hundreds of jobs, mostly overseas.
March 2012: Lexmark announced it had acquired two companies, ISYS Search Software and Nolij Corp., to bolster its growing software unit.
August 2012: The company announced it was cutting 350 full-time employees and 200 contractors in Lexington as part of 1,700 in overall job cuts. The company also said it would stop making inkjet printers as part of a plan to cut costs.
SOURCES: Lexmark, Herald-Leader archives