It tends to get far too little attention at shows like ISA and SGIA, and its slice of the pie chart is equally small when it comes to receiving publicity in print. You could easily make the argument that it is the Rodney Dangerfield of the print shop.
“When we began in 1985, we were primarily a manufacturing and installation company for electric signs,” says Butch Gardner, owner of Gardner Signs in Salisbury, Maryland.
Founded in 1993, Digital Color Imaging in Akron, Ohio, started out as an electronic prepress company, CEO Dave Welner says. It has branched out into new areas over the years, and DCI now comprises three business units: commercial offset, short-run and variable-data digital printing, and wide-format printing. The company has about 50 employees.
Richard and Michael Lindeborg began the Suwanee, Georgia-based On-Site Systems (on-sitesystems.com) in 1985, doing decorative glass etching for designers, corporate offices, retail stores, and restaurants. The name derives from a technique the two men developed for doing etching and sandblasting on site without creating the mess of dust that the process usually entails. The company still uses its etching process, but recently it also acquired a digital printer to expand the shop’s capabilities.