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November '15

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14 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Duets by Gemini Launches Partner Network Cannon Falls, Minnesota-based Duets by Gemini announces the launch of a new distribution partner network for Duets engraving, ADA and architectural sign substrates. The new partner network includes B.F. Plastics Inc.; Delvie's Plastics Inc.; Diversified Sign Suppliers Inc.; Hansen Supply; JDS Industries Inc.; and Nash Industries Inc. With more than 20 stocking loca- tions across the country, Duets says its sheet stock will now be available within one day's delivery for most of the country. While many of its partners are fully stocked for immediate sale, some will be building up their inventory over the next several weeks, the company says. Duets by Gemini says a key factor in selecting partners was find- ing companies with like-minded values, including family ownership, a solid history in the industry and technical expertise. Gerber Scientific Changes Name to Gerber Technology Tolland, Connecticut-based cutting and printing equipment manu- facturer Gerber Scientific Products, announces that, as of Sept. 1, it has changed its name to Gerber Technology. The company says the new name and new company branding will help it better align with its growth strategy as a leading technology company. Founded in 1980 as a division of Gerber Scientific Inc., Gerber Scientific Products—now Gerber Technology—makes products serving a variety of industries, includ- ing sign and graphics; manufacturing and industrial; government; aircraft interiors; and many others. The company is not changing hands, nor are its product selec- tion or customer support functions changing. The only difference customers and partners will notice is the new Gerber Technology gold logo, the company says. Epilog Opens Canadian Subsidiary Golden, Colorado-based laser engraving equipment maker Epilog Laser announces the opening of Epilog Laser Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company. "Our model has always been to sell through dis- tributors—and we had a distributor in Canada that we had worked with for about 15 years, and had a really strong relationship with them," says Mike Dean, Epilog's director of sales and marketing and one of the company's three co-founders. "But when that distributor was acquired by one of our com- petitors, we found ourselves without a distributor in Canada." Epilog Laser Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario. It will be run by Terry Fix, sales manager, and Gilles Frenette, territory sales manager. John Dixon, an independent distributor, will serve the Western part of the country, Dean says. Great Big Color Increases Finishing Capacity Denver, Colorado-based Great Big Color Inc., a 45,000-square-foot shop that offers out-of-home graph- ics and P.O.P. displays for regional and national accounts, reports that its recent addition of an Esko Kongsberg XP automated finishing table has greatly increased its workflow capabilities. The company has used Kongsberg tables in the past, according to president and owner Tina McLaughlin, but its recent purchase of a new digital inkjet press made her realize that she would have to upgrade its finishing solution to keep up. "We had invested in a fast flatbed digital printer capable of working with 5' x 10' materials. It was a monster pushing out products. We really had no choice but to invest in a fin- ishing table that could handle that output," McLaughlin says. "The Kongsberg XP was a matter of a trifecta of speed, price and quality." Not only is the cutting and the ability to change out tools for different materials very fast, but the i-cut Suite is saving the company money in labor costs, she says. Presto Tape Partners with Alpha Imaging Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based Presto Tape, a manufacturer of surface protection film, graphics application tapes and adhesive- backed print media for the sign industry, has entered into a distribution partnership with Alpha Imaging, which serves the graphic arts community in the Northeastern U.S. Alpha Imaging is based in New York and Lowell, Massachusetts. Tom Sweeney, its vice president of sales, says his company was particularly excited to see some of the metallic fabric tapes that Presto offers, and he believes the many national retail accounts his company has will be excited as well.

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