Map Works was started in 1974 by Thomas Kennel as Upstate Map Services, an advertising sales and map distribution firm, incorporated as Good Beginnings in 1976 and renamed as Map Works in 1987.
Initially the company distributed other map publishers' products and concentrated on building a distribution network of retail stores throughout Upstate New York and neighboring areas. However, in 1979 the company began publishing its own manually produced, copyrighted maps, and throughout the 1980s acquired various types of film production/darkroom equipment. In 1990, Map Works added state-of-the-art map folding equipment and in 1993 produced its first all-digital map.
Today, the company today is capable of publishing a mapâ€”using state-of-the-art digital production techniquesâ€”from concept to final delivery on an in-house basis. Only map printing and finishing is performed by outside firms.
In 2005 Map Works expanded beyond print and began offering interactive versions of its maps online at easystreets.mapworksinc.com. The online maps are a component of Map Worksâ€™ growing yourtownâ„¢ and Chamber Seriesâ„¢ ad map programs.