About Rochester 100

Rochester 100 Inc. was established in 1962 and began by manufacturing vinyl plastic holders. By 2000, Rochester 100 began research into ultrasonic polypropylene welding machines and developed a patented method for welding polypropylene material. With this patented method, Rochester 100 began manufacturing NICKY’S® Folders as a better quality alternative to paper folders. Rochester 100 continues to manufacture custom vinyl products for a variety of purposes.


Rochester 100 Inc was founded by Nicholas (Nicky) Sfikas in 1962 in Rochester, NY. After many years of experience in other business ventures and as a CPA, Nicky set out to open a manufacturing business for custom vinyl holders. Rochester 100 began with one radio frequency heat sealing machine, one vinyl slitting machine, and only two employees in a 700 sq ft rented loft. The sales for his first products, like bank passbook jackets and shop-work holders, were generated through direct mail advertising.

As business began to grow, Rochester 100 grew their custom tool shop and expanded their operation to include custom vinyl shop envelopes, generally used in manufacturing industries. As technology began to evolve, Rochester 100 developed CD holders in various sizes and styles. We expanded further into various materials such as self-adhesive vinyl and explored other products like tag holders.

In the late 1990s, we began to explore ultrasonic welding technology and polypropylene plastic materials. After over a year of research and development with the new machinery and materials, we began to produce polypropylene folders as a high-quality alternative to paper folders. The patented technology used to seal these folders made them strong, long lasting, and tear-resistant. After sampling schools and receiving strong positive feedback, Nicky created the NICKY’S® Folders line. NICKY’S® Folders are available in a variety of versions, including our most popular the Communicator® folder. We offer 16 different colors and custom imprinting on many of the products. Rochester 100 is a sole source school vendor.

Rochester 100 is now located in a 100,000 sq ft building in Rochester, NY and continues to produce high-quality custom vinyl and polypropylene folders for a variety of customers all over the country.

At 93 years old, Nicky continues to build his business on the values of PRICE, QUALITY, and SERVICE! All our products are made in Rochester, NY, USA

Frequently Asked Question

How much is shipping?

Shipping is free for Nicky's Folders products, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, APO, FPO, International. On vinyl products freight is calculated by weight of the order and shipping zip code. Shipping will vary.

Do you collect tax?

All schools are tax exempt and no tax is collected outside of New York State.

Do you offer any folders with prongs?

Unfortunately, we do not manufacture folders with prongs at this time. We do have options for 3-hole punched folders to fit standard 3-ring binders.

Can you bill us?

Yes, (commercial/school) accounts are set up Net 30 days, personal accounts must pay up front.

Can I mix colors and styles to get to the 100 minimum for folder orders?

Yes, you can mix colors and folder styles to get the minimum of 100 pieces.

Can I mix colors in the small quantity (less than 100) pack of folders?

No, packs of folders in quantities less than 100 are pre-packaged and colors cannot be mixed.

Can I find these in stores? Or from other re-sellers?

No, we are a sole source vendor with low manufacturer direct pricing.

What is the processing time?

Stock items shipping in 3-5 business days, custom orders 10-15 business days.

What if I don’t see the exact product I want listed on the website?

For any customization or special requests not listed on the website please call 800-498-1463 Monday-Friday 6am-5pm EST for information and pricing.

What is the difference between vinyl and polypropylene ?

Vinyl (PVC poly vinyl chloride) is relatively easy to manufacture and comes in many different materials, is not “archival safe” and the tooling/dies are easy to make. However polypropylene has to be sealed on special equipment, the tooling/dies have to be designed and made on CNC Milling Machines and can be expensive. Polypropylene is “archival safe” and recyclable. Rochester 100 can manufacture both types of materials.

What is “open short” and “open long” refer to?

Open short and open long refer to the side that the holder is open on. “Open short” means that the shortest side of the holder has an opening. “Open long” means the longest side of the holder has an opening.

Can you tell me what my order was last year?

Yes, we can tell you how many and what products you ordered in previous years. Please call 800-498-1463 Monday-Friday 6am-5pm EST for more information.

Do you still have my artwork from a previous order?

Yes, we keep all artwork from previous orders. If possible, please reference your previous invoice number in the comments section when you place your order.

Can I get a copy of my invoice?

Invoices are mailed out the day after your item is shipped.

Can I get a copy of my credit card receipt?

Credit card receipts are included with packing lists when the item ships.

Rochester100 Location
Sole Source School Vendor, Custom Tool Shop, Custom Sealing Tools, Radio Frequency Heat Sealing Machines
nick Sfikas Nicky's Folders Owner