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June '18

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12 • June 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Mac Papers Opens Wide-Format Demo Center Near Orlando Jacksonville, Florida-based Mac Papers, a distributor to the paper and print, packaging, facility supplies and office markets across the southeastern U.S., announces the opening of its new wide-format demo center at its Orlando, Florida, branch. "We're pleased to now offer our customers across central and south Florida the opportunity to get hands-on experience from leading suppliers including Roland and Mutoh, as well as the finishing equip- ment and substrates that perform best with each piece of equipment," says Marty Davis, director of wide-format and graphics for Mac Papers. "Our Orlando demo cen- ter showcases the latest solvent and dye sublimation wide-format print equipment." The Mac Papers Orlando wide-format demo center is open by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule a visit and demonstration, call 844-MAC-WIDE or email Mvix Solves Parks and Rec Signage Needs Sterling, Virginia-based Mvix, which makes digital signage, video walls and interac- tive displays, was tapped by the Loudoun County (Virginia) Parks, Recreation & Community Services department to power its digital signage network across 11 loca- tions for visitor and staff communications. According to the Mvix announcement, the 10 community centers offer a combined 300,000 square feet of space which include baseball fields, aquatic centers, bike trails, classrooms and performance art spaces. Loudon County has about 380,000 residents, the third-most in Virginia. The county implemented a video wall and networked displays powered by Mvix in 10 community centers and the main parks and rec administrative office. They display information about available community programs and activities, branded Loudoun County YouTube videos, pictures from the county parks, and other supplemental information such as weather, time and local emergency alerts. Float Hybrid Installs 120-Foot Video Wall San Francisco-based Float Hybrid, an audio-visual "interactive experience" company that primarily serves the retail and entertainment markets, announces the installation of a huge video wall for a shoe retailer in New York City. Philadelphia-based KicksUSA commissioned Float Hybrid to provide 12K video content for a 120-foot LED video wall the company installed in its store in Jamaica Queens, New York. According to Float Hybrid, the video wall can be seen all the way down the street along heavily trafficked Jamaica Avenue. KicksUSA uses its 120-foot video wall to deliver graphics of shoes, lifestyle imagery, live social feeds, brand videos, launch announcements and more. The company, according to Float Hybrid, understands that it is not just a shoe retailer, but a lifestyle brand that must connect with its consumers on their shared likes and interests. AXYZ International Acquires Ohio's WARDJet Burlington, Ontario, Canada-based CNC router systems maker AXYZ International announces its entry into the waterjet market with the purchase of Tallmadge, Ohio-based WARDJet, a company that makes water- jet cutting machines and custom waterjet solutions to a variety of industries. According to an AXYZ statement, WARDJet products will continue to be made at WARDJet's Ohio facil- ity, but will now be supported by AXYZ's global network of sales and support offices. WARDJet founder Richard Ward will retain the title of president and says that he is looking forward to the next steps for the business he founded 23 years ago. In its announcement of the buyout, AXYZ says, "The synergy between the two companies makes the WARDJet move to join AXYZ International a logical one. For some potential clients a water jet cutting system may be the best option for the materials to be cut, while for others CNC router or knife technology is the preference." Alf Zeuner, AXYZ president, will oversee the combined company.

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