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AUGUST 2012



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Making A Difference
Over twenty years ago, the founders of SIGNWarehouse had a vision: to meet the growing demand for high quality computerized sign-making products. They took their experience of running a full-service sign shop and combined it with a second aspect of sign-making. Not content with business as usual, the founders were intrigued with how computerization of repetitive tasks and procedures could streamline business operations. Using knowledge from the computer field, advancements were implemented into local sign-making operations. Results were so impressive and rewarding, it was reasoned that other sign makers could benefit from the innovations forged with computer-driven sign cutters and design software.

Today, SIGNWarehouse is a recognized name among sign design professionals. In its endeavor to merge cutting edge products with complete satisfaction, SIGNWarehouse pioneered many firsts, including the industry's first toll-free technical support service. Making a profound difference in the way sign makers purchase equipment, software and supplies, they say, has ALWAYS been their goal. So dream big. clarify your mission and work your plan. The sky's the limit.


New Faces At Horne Group
Robert Horne Group, a PaperlinX company has announced two new key appointments within its Sign & Display division. Angus Whiteman is the new Sales Director and Clare Rayment, Customer Service Director.

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Formerly Key Account Director with DHL Express, Angus' main responsibilities will include driving sales at a local and national level, strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones. Prior to joining Robert Horne Group, Clare was Sales Operations Director for Thomas Cook. In her new role, Clare will be responsible for managing the Sign and Display branch network and will implement new strategies and processes to better manage and enhance the customer experience.


{short description of image}Mueller Graphic Supply Announces A New Addition
Dave Perszyk's role at Mueller will be as an Application Specialist for Plates, Pressroom and Color Management. Dave will be instrumental in expanding Mueller's presence in the pressroom. Dave is a G7 expert and color management professional, with over 35 years of experience as a Technical Sales Specialist working for major plate manufacturers such as Howson Algraphy, Spectratech, Creo and Kodak.


Bi-State Business Solutions Acquires United Office
Prosperity Plus Management Consulting, Inc. has announced that Bi-State Business Solutions has acquired United Office Systems, a Chicago area supplier of mailing systems. Prosperity Plus represented Rich Grutzmacher, the owner of United Office Solutions, throughout the transaction. Bi-State Business Solutions markets under the trade name of Postal Source and has Neopost or Hasler offices in Davenport, IA, Madison, WI, Quincy, IL and now Chicago, IL.

Rich Grutzmacher commented, "In considering a long-term exit strategy I was concerned about finding the right fit for UOS' employees and customers and Bi-State is that perfect fit. Their track record for outstanding service is unmatched in the industry."


Bay Copy Names Martha Gentile as Document Management Specialist
Ray Belanger, President/CEO of Rockland-based Bay Copy, the area's premier provider of digital document solutions, announces that Martha "Marti" Gentile of Whitman has joined the company as a Document Management Specialist.

In this role, Gentile assists clients in creating cost control strategies in regards to their document solutions needs.


Des Plaines Office Equipment to build Network Operation Center (NOC)
Des Plaines Office Equipment (DPOE) has begun construction of a new, state-of-the-art Network Operation Center (NOC) at its Elk Grove Village headquarters.

Chip Miceli, President of DPOE, said that the design and construction of the center is part of his firm's plan to expand its Managed Network Services beyond the immediate Chicago market. The room will measure 40' x 20' in size, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and will house three (3) 60" monitors. The Center will be staffed by a director and three IT personnel, and will serve as a showroom and operations center for the company's expanded IT services. The NOC will have the technology to monitor an entire network's power consumption, hard drive space, and software that is installed on each device. DPOE has developed proprietary software that allows the firm to remotely monitor its clients' IT networks throughout the region.

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