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Quite An Exciting
Year For Graphic Associates Inc.
Graphic Associates Inc., in Dallas, Texas, states it has had quite the exciting
year thus far! In January they added a valuable asset to their team, new Office
Manager Leigh Anne Wright. Leigh Anne has over 25 years of experience in the
printing industry and has fit right in with the printing supply side. Graphic
Associates certainly values experience with over two-thirds of our employees
having 20+ years of experience in every area of printing.
In March of this year, Graphic Associates Inc. celebrated 30 years of being in
business! Patrick Pope, President and CEO, says "Searching for and finding
new products and technologies has allowed us to keep our customers abreast of
the ever-changing printing industry. We pride ourselves on providing the best
customer service possible - and that means servicing and educating."
In June, Graphic Associates hosted their 3rd annual Customer Appreciation Open
House with over 10 vendor sponsors and representatives and 120 customers
attending. The new Marketing Director, Tori Shirah has been working on
increasing the online presence as well. Tori commented, "People want to be
able to find you within their social media sites. If you don't have a Facebook
page or Twitter account - it's almost as if you don't exist to some people. We
want to be able to communicate with our customers in any way we can, and social
media is the new vehicle to do that." While this year has been exciting
for Graphic Associates, Inc., they say they are looking forward to the future
and being able to celebrate another 30 years.
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In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on June 26, PaperlinX
announced a range of initiatives marking the conclusion of its Strategic
Review. These plans, in conjunction with the Group's restructuring program
which commenced July 2011, are expected to provide a platform for a return to
PaperlinX has entered into an agreement to sell its US operations - Spicers USA
and Kelly Paper, to Central National-Gottesman Inc for US$76MM. Dave Allen,
PaperlinX Executive Vice President - Region EU2 says: "This announcement
is a positive development. The latest proposals signal PaperlinX's commitment
to meeting the challenge of the continued worldwide decline in demand for paper
head on and to continually look to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of
its operations, in order to best meet its customers' changing business
"Right sizing the business to ensure our long-term sustainability and
profitability, whilst maintaining great customer service is our highest
priority," says Mr Allen. "Given the continued uncertainty of the
global paper markets, growing our diversified business and cost reduction are
our most important initiatives." He continued with, "Over the past
twelve months, we have maintained the largest share in our core market and
accelerated growth within our Sign & Display, Digital and Packaging
businesses. Our continued commitment to further build on our strengths and
create an infrastructure that's future-proof whilst continuing to deliver a
consistent high quality service to our customers, will ensure that we remain
ahead of the game."
Rob Coleman has joined Nazdar SourceOne in the United States as segment
marketing manager for Textile Screen Inks responsible for developing and
managing Nazdar SourceOne's textile screen ink product portfolio by providing
strategic direction and product focus.
Mr. Coleman brings over 20 years of industry related marketing and sales
expertise to Nazdar SourceOne and most recently was a sales manager for PolyOne
Advantage Sign Supply
Releases New Traffic Sign Products
Advantage Sign Supply is excited to announce to us their NEW product line of
Advantage now offers pre-made traffic signs
that are in stock and ready to ship. The traffic signs come in four main
categories: Parking - Offering signs such as: No Parking, Reserved Parking,
Visitor Parking, Customer Parking, Fire Lane, Park at your own risk, etc.
Public - Offering signs such as: Exit Only, Neighborhood Crime Watch, No
Loitering, No Trespassing, Warning, Private Property, etc. Traffic - Offering
signs such as: Caution, Do Not Enter, No Thru Traffic, One Way, Private Road,
School Bus Stop, Slow Down, Speed Limit, Stop, etc. Blanks - Blank signs
offered in different sizes with or without a border.
Wensco Sign Supply
Acquires NM Sign Supply
Wensco Sign Supply announces the acquisition of NM Sign Supply in Elmhurst,
Illinois. The acquisition extends the Wensco service area to Illinois and
Wisconsin as well as Metro Chicago.
"The combined depth of the Wensco and NM Sign Supply product lines further
enhance Wensco's ability to service the sign, screen and graphic arts trade. We
understand well the important role Wensco plays in delivering the quality
products our customers need when they need them" says Judy Nelson, CEO of
Wensco. In this role, Gentile assists clients in creating cost control
strategies in regards to their document solutions needs.
As part of the acquisition NM Sign Supply will remain where they are, but will
relocate in the near future. The relocation will include the expansion of the
Chicago distribution center to 25,000 sq. ft., increased inventory levels, new
product lines, and a fleet of delivery vehicles and staff to better serve
customers in the upper Midwest. The current NM Sign Supply staff will be
retained by Wensco.
About Wensco Sign Supply: Wensco Sign Supply is a full line wholesale
distributor, serving the sign, screen, graphic arts and display industry since
1937. Headquartered in Grand Rapids Michigan, and owned by the 3rd generation
of the Eggleston family, Wensco operates four distribution centers including
Grand Rapids, Michigan, Livonia, Michigan, Davenport, Iowa and Chicago,
Photo Caption Center - Judy Nelson, CEO. To her left - Ben VanHouten,
Account Executive. Rick Manshaem, Dir. of Purchasing. Cory Hager, Dir. of IT
and Development. To her right, DuWayne Heilman, Controller. Far right Jim
Redmer, Dir. of Sales/Marketing.
Lindsay Ortmeier Joins
Nazdar SourceOne Business Development Team
Nazdar SourceOne has announced that Lindsay Ortmeier has joined the company's
marketing team as a Business Development Specialist. In this role, Lindsay will
be responsible for interacting with new customers and introducing them to the
products and resources SourceOne offers to their business.
Sharp Copier Division
Will Not Be Sold
Chip Miceli, President of Des Plaines Office Equipment and President of the
National Trade Association Select Dealer Group, today said he believes
equipment manufacturer Sharp will not sell off its copier division, as has been
Miceli, who is a member of the Sharp Dealer Advisory Council, recently returned
to the Chicago area after a weeklong Sharp dealer incentive trip to Budapest
and Prague, where part of the agenda included meeting with top Sharp officials.
Miceli said, based on what he saw and heard on the trip, the Sharp copier
division will not be sold.
Sharp in recent weeks has had to combat some press rumors that they were
planning to sell off their copier division fueled by reports that the company's
revenues were down. According to Miceli, Sharp officials acknowledged to a drop
in revenue in specific divisions of the company, including TV and solar panels,
but stated the copier division is profitable.
A Reuters news story this week noted Sharp's stock surged, climbing 7 percent
with analysts noting the company has made dramatic restructuring plans. Sharp's
shares have risen 27.7 percent since August 22, according to the report,
although it is still down 66 percent for the year.
Specialist Joins Nazdar SourceOne
Nazdar SourceOne has announced that Don Alger has joined the company as a
Digital Equipment Specialist in the Southeast Region. In this role, Don will be
responsible for serving the sales and service needs of regional graphic and
wide format digital imaging companies.