Press-A-Print

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Press-A-Print International LLC
Type Private
Industry Specialty Advertising
Founded 1986
Headquarters Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Area served United States, Canada, Mexico
Key people Stephen Kunkel, CEO
Products Business Opportunity, Pad Printer, Screen Printer, Vinyl Cutter, Heat Press
Employees 44 (2010)
Parent Churchill Financial LLC
Website pressaprint.com

Press-A-Print International LLC is an American business that sells a business opportunity in the specialty printing industry.[1] With over 3,500 Owner/Operators, Press-A-Print is the largest group of independent specialty printers/distributors.[2][3]

Press-A-Print’s investment programs offer a complete business platform, consisting of a range of equipment, supplies, training and services for creating, managing and growing a specialty printing business. In addition to providing equipment for specialty printers and promotional product distributors, Press-A-Print offers a range of entrepreneurial services, including lifetime technical and business support services, marketing services, supply-chain management, and purchasing and outsourcing programs.[4]

History[edit]

Press-A-Print was started in Idaho Falls, ID by Galen Nelson in 1986. He operated the business out of his garage at first, manufacturing his pad printer by hand. The company was sold to an investment company called Pacific Equity Group in 2000. Galen was killed in a plane crash in Southern Utah.

In November 2007, Press-A-Print was sold by Pacific Equity Group of Newport Beach, CA to New York based ICV Capital Partners.

Between 2007 and 2012, Press-a-Print was sold a few more times an struggled under management and financial concerns and finally closed its doors in December 2011.

In January 2012, a group of investors including two of the original three owners were able to acquire the assets and opened the doors on a new company called A+ Logo MarkIt. The new owners have committed to rebuild the company and service that made Press-a-Print the most recognizable company in the Advertising Specialty and Promotional Products Industries. They are honoring all warranties and promises made to its Operator base by Press-a-Print.

Products[edit]

At the current time, Press-A-Print offers the following equipment:

  • Compact Pad Printer (QM-7)
  • High Speed Pneumatic Pad Printer
  • Precision Screen Printer
  • High Speed Rotary Screen Printer
  • Vinyl Cutter (Z1)
  • Heat Press
  • Rhinestones Kit

In addition to the equipment, Press-A-Print offers several services:

  • Training at the Idaho Falls Headquarters
  • DVD/CD based Marketing Training
  • Lifetime Technical Support
  • Lifetime Customer Service (for research of products and prices)- No Longer Available
  • Web Site Setup and Hosting is in the process of Being outsourced to a 3rd Party.
  • Marketing Services

Training Program[edit]

Press-A-Print Training

Although not a franchise, but like most franchised businesses, Press-A-Print has a training program for new owners as well as ongoing training and coaching for all Owner/Operators. The training and support is included in their business programs.

Initial training takes place at their headquarters in Idaho Falls, ID. It includes training on equipment operation, graphic design, business development, business operations, and industry standards and policies.[4]

Their training center is known as Press-A-Print University and is housed in a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) building at the corporate headquarters. The training program is under the direction of the Vice-President of Operator Relations, who also oversees Customer Service, Business Coaching, Technical Support, Website Support, and the Operator Advisory Board. The training staff is composed of industry and equipment experts. Press-A-Print's training program has been accredited by the PPAI and attendees receive credit towards CAS and MAS industry accreditation.[5]

Preferred Supplier Program[edit]

A+ Logo MarkIt is currently rebuilding the Preferred Supplier Program. Many of the former Preferred Suppliers have renewed their agreements with A+ Logo MarkIt.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Better Business Bureau". Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "What's New in Business". 
  3. ^ Tamara E. Holmes (1 February 2008). "ICV Capital’s New Investment". Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "ICV Capital Partners Acquires Press-A-Print International". PPB (Promotional Products Business) Magazine. October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "ASI Newslink".