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Who Ya Gonna Call? The RSA!

If you have been following our social media outlets, then you know there are many values we find important in the RSA.  The foremost of these being the power of our network.  As we strive to be #MoreThanRepro, we also strive to be an organization that our customers can turn to and trust. So when graphic design consultant Rubi Velasquez came to us with a deadline constrained job in another city, we knew just how to guide her in the right direction.

Recently, a client of Rubi Design Studio, was traveling from their home base in Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia for an upcoming convention. Once there, the client realized they needed one of Velasquez’ designs printed in large format for the following day’s event. “Instead of calling printers all over Atlanta, I contacted Kevin Howes of the Reprographic Services Association and asked who he knew.” Our Executive Director, contacted Atlanta based RSA Member Bob Feldberg of Repro Products/The Color Spot late in the evening on the Friday before the job was due. Bob immediately coordinated the request with son Michael of The Color Spot and they were able to produce the job first thing Monday morning in time for the client’s convention. Velasquez remembers being very impressed with how quickly they were able to get production going.

This dedication to the client and RSA member capabilities are indicative of RSA culture and the power of our network. The RSA is not just for reprographic companies wanting to join our network, but for print customers who want to connect to a powerful network with a can-do attitude and who can be trusted to get the job done. Velasquez “appreciates the advantages this organization and its members offer in large format printing along with the professionalism of this reliable network.”

When our values match our client’s needs, that’s where you realize the Power of the RSA Network. The RSA is truly #MoreThanRepro because of our network and our capabilities. Though we are large and widespread across North America, we are also local and just around the corner.

Winning the KIP Way with the RSA

Celebrating with our partners in their achievements is a special experience and great value for the RSA.  We were honored when KIP decided to share their success in manufacturing the company’s 40,000th 7170 Engineering  Printer during our Spring 2019 conference.   At our meeting ,  VP of Sales,  Tim Horn, held an exclusive introductory session for the RSA to announce their new KIP 650 Multi-touch Color Print System. Members attending this session were not only rewarded with being the first in the industry to hear about the 650 but were also enrolled in a chance to win the 40,000th 7170 Engineering Printer.

When John DiCarlo, President of DiCarlo Precision Instrument Inc., first heard of the drawing it was from Horn, himself. As DiCarlo had missed the sign-up during the KIP reception, Horn offered his phone for an online form to be filled out and enter into the drawing. “I submitted my entry and never gave it another thought.” DiCarlo said he went on with the conference thinking he had no chance.  During a break in the RSA University education sessions the following day, a digital raffling system was projected on screen to select the winning RSA member company.  While names were spinning around,  DiCarlo remembers leaning over to an RSA member friend and saying, “that’s really cool.” as the barrel continued to roll.  When the barrel stopped and  member company DiCarlo Precision Instrument was  displayed on the screen, he remembers his shock as that friend said “That’s you!”

Excited, and of course honored, to have won the 7170 printer, a BBQ was held at DiCarlo Precision offices in Salisbury, Maryland to celebrate and welcome  their new unit. What they thought would be an ordinary  truck delivery was accentuated by  a personal visit from Horn, to deliver the unit.  Tim flew all the way from Michigan to personally deliver and congratulate the DiCarlo team.   The printer was arrived at DiCarlo still wrapped in the original red bow placed on it by the KIP factory in Japan, where they also celebrated the 40,000th unit. “KIP has been a great partner to us for many years, and to the RSA as well. We always have appreciated their kindness, the culture of their business, and the way they treat us. That’s how our company is, so we like how our companies mesh.” DiCarlo said as he praised Horn for his personal touch and genuine relationship with the company.

As Horn says, they are “excited and honored to be able to share with the RSA and to celebrate with DiCarlo Precision.” The RSA would like to congratulate DiCarlo on their win and KIP on their great accomplishment as well as thank KIP for their extraordinary generosity  and long relationship with the RSA.  The success they have seen through this milestone, and through the giveaway, makes us proud of our special partnership with KIP.

Something to Celebrate

From selling blueprinting supplies out of a two-bedroom apartment to becoming metro Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox agency, RSA member Repro Products is now celebrating 40 years in the reprographic industry. Founded in 1979 by Robert Feldberg, this company is dedicated to its community, customers, and employees while being the leading provider of wide format technical and graphics equipment, printing, and reprographic services. The RSA is proud to count companies such as Repro Products, and sister company, The Color Spot as members because of the many ways they have served and impacted both the industry and their community around them.

RPI was honored by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as the Small Business of the Year and has received many accolades from the community for its philanthropic actions and contributions. The company also received the 2009 Business Community Service Recognition Award from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Trend magazine and was a 2013 Georgia Family Business of the Year Finalist, awarded by the Cox Family Enterprise Center. The Chamber was present during their 40th anniversary ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6th and is just another endorsement of the company’s belief that “many satisfied, repeat customers are an important part of the Repro Products story.”

When asking Brenda Hansen, marketing director of Repro Products, why she believes the company is special, she spoke to the fact that a week after their 40th anniversary, their longest tenured employee member, Ken Smith, celebrated 30 years on staff. Smith acts as Field Service Manager and is pictured below. Because of Bob’s commitment and loyalty to staff, many employees have worked with the company for 10 or more years. Hansen is no exception as she has worked for RPI for 13 years. As a continuing commitment to their employees, the Feldberg Family scholarship fund was established In 2016. This fund provides assistance in pursuit of higher education to employees/family members of Repro Products family of companies. This year, 3 members were awarded the scholarship by a selection committee comprised of employees, an independent volunteer board member, and an advisor from the Cobb Community Foundation.

Through the years, the company has grown significantly by adapting to industry change and offering new opportunities in products and services for their customers. Some of their success can be attributed to embracing new 3D laser scanning technology, drone aerial imaging services, and becoming a Xerox agency. In fact, Repro Products is proud to be the premier Atlanta Xerox Agent since 1989 by providing office & multi-function and production products, services, supplies and resources to metro Atlanta, Georgia. Their 3D laser scanning services enable clients to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments while their drone services, include FAA-certified Part 107 pilots and drone rentals, to both commercial and government customers. By their investment in sales team and marketing in new product and services areas, RPI are showing that traditional reprographic firms can adapt and grow.

The RSA congratulates Repro Products for their 40 years of service, commitment and loyalty to their customers and employees alike. This is what success looks like in the reprographic Industry. Follow the leaders, follow Repro Products, and follow the RSA!

If you would like to learn more about this company, or if you have any further questions, please follow the link below.

https://reproproducts.com/

More Than Repro for Graphics

At the RSA,  our members are more than just reprographics and we love when they share their #MoreThanRepro applications, solutions and jobs. A couple of years ago, The Color Spot, a full-service large format graphic printing subsidiary of Repro Products located in Atlanta , began to develop a unique product that did not currently exist in the vehicle graphics market. Through this process, BrandArmor™ was created and, on January 1st of this year, broke off into its own company. Jonathan Baltic, Senior Vice President of Brand Armor, says the product has its “own unique brand and capabilities.”

BrandArmor™ is a low energy surface material that protects graphics and products from harsh outside elements and remains easy to clean. The product itself is unaffected by most environmental pollutants and remains clean, bright and shiny…..it’s guaranteed!  Noting that all graphics look great rolling out the door, Jonathan says BrandArmor™ focuses on the weak points in competitive fleet systems that cause the graphics to fail visually.   BrandArmor’s industry exclusive 5-year 100% Product Replacement warranty insures that graphics remain clean and new looking for the long term thus protecting the company’s brand as well as their logo.  

Along with parent company The Color Spot, a full-service printing company focusing on the design, printing and installation of large format graphics BrandArmor is expanding exponentially. Baltic says, “Our purpose in building this eco-system of interconnected products and services was to not incrementally improve what is in the marketplace but rather to reinvent it in a way that changes the rules of the game. We understand how to help you drive your business and protect your brand.”

With BrandArmor being launched nationwide at the beginning of this year, we are very excited to follow their continued success and look forward to future #MoreThanRepro solutions coming from the eco-system that is BrandArmor™. 

Clink on the links below to the learn more or for further inquiries.

https://brandarmor.ink/

https://tcs.ink/

RSA Member’s Showcase Success

On May 21st and May 22nd, RSA member, R.S. Knapp Co. held their 2019 Global Technology Expo. This two day event was located at NAPCO’s Headquarters location just a few miles from New York City and showcased 3D Scanning, automated digital document management, color documents in the safe workplace and collaboration tools for great efficiency. Over 70 people from 40 separate companies and several traveling from out of state were in attendance. Key vendors presenting their technology solutions included Canon, Canon Solutions America (Oce), Epson, HP National Azon and Synnex Corporation.

Continuing industry education was also a cornerstone of this event. The 3D scanner manufacturers, Leica, offered four representatives to attend the event and assist in demonstrations. Fellow RSA member Repro Products was also in attendance to better explain software capabilities by taking files from the scanner to bring into design software.

Sales operations manager, Keith McHugh, noted the company found great success with this two-day event as attendees were able to learn more about new technologies serving the AEC industry. Several clients operate with R.S. Knapp on one level, through one product or service. However, after the expo these same clients found that we can offer them a more integrated approach with their clients through our portfolio of technology solutions.” To learn more about R.S. Knapp Co. and the other product solutions they offer, follow the link below.

http://www.napconet.com/

The RSA Helps Make An Impact

The Young Professionals of the RSA are excited to announce their new partnership with Surge For Water, an organization founded in 2008 striving to provide clean water and sanitation to communities all over the world. In 11 years, they have impacted over 1,000,000 people in 11 countries through rehabilitation of wells, implementing customized UNICEF water, sanitation and hygiene; as well as their signature hygiene education programs. They are able to see influence in the noticeable improvement of health, income, sustainability, and over all well being, so the Young Professionals are very anxious to work along side Surge in their mission to invest safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to help end the cycle of poverty.

With the support of Kevin Howes, Executive Director of the RSA, member Shelby Marshall encouraged the Young Professionals to have a positive impact through a partnership with Surge For Water and commit to donate $2,500, going towards repairing a well in Kaberamaido, Uganda. The Obale Well, located in the Omid Community of Kaberamaido, services 750 water users, 377 men and 418 females. 100% of every dollar donated will go towards funding this well, or the next most urgent need, and providing sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to this community. By donating to repairs and the protection of this natural spring, we can help reduce water related illnesses, such as parasites, and ensure safe water to families to keep them from traveling long distances for alternative water sources.

If you, or your company, would like to donate to this cause, please follow the link surgeforwater.org/RSA that will direct you to our fundraising page. The Young Professionals are excited for the RSA’s contribution and hopeful for their future impact in Uganda. If you have any questions about this project please contact jennifer.long@surgeforwater.org and to learn more about Surge For Water you can check them out at surgeforwater.org.

  

When Alltech needed promotions for their conference, they turned to RSA member Monster Color to create their signage. The One: The Alltech Ideas Conference is an annual event that brings together producers and industry experts from around the world to share insights and solutions to today’s most pressing issues within the global agriculture industry. Promotions for the conference happen worldwide. Because of the constant traveling, and set up and take down of the stage, Alltech was looking for promotional print pieces that were lightweight, durable enough to last for multiple trade shows, and could be crated for shipment.

The Permanent Signage/ADA Division of Monster Color created a solution. Using fabricated signage, they made three letters, “O N E”, by stick welding aluminum and then by covering each side with aluminum to make the letters hollow. This allowed the letters to be more manageable and lightweight, while the aluminum gives strength and durability fulfilling Alltech’s needs. The letters stand at 4 ½ feet tall and 12 inches deep, allowing them to fit perfectly into custom crates designed by Monster Color for shipping and traveling conference to conference.

Monster Colors permanent signage collaboration with Alltech shows that RSA members are #MoreThanRepro. Check out the links below to learn more about Monster Color, as well as One: The Alltech Ideas Conference.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech discovers and delivers solutions for the sustainable nutrition of plants, animals and people. With expertise in yeast fermentation, solid state fermentation and the science of nutrigenomics, Alltech is a leading producer and processor of yeast additives, organic trace minerals, feed ingredients, premix and feed.

Our guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment. Our more than 6,000 talented team members worldwide put this purpose to work every day for our customers.

Alltech is a family-owned company, which allows us to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit www.alltech.com/news. Join us in conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Monster Color:

Headquartered in Kentucky, Monster Color is a division of Lynn Imaging. Monster Color is a visual imaging company. The signage and graphics experts at Monster Color average over twenty years with the company. They carry knowledge of the industry and insight into customer needs which translate to peace of mind for clients. For more information www.monster-color.com.

 Press Release: RSA Announces Three New Board Members, and 2019 Board of Directors

Read the full press release here. 

The Power of the RSA is More Than Repro.

When the collaborative efforts of the RSA and its members become the real superheroes.

 

In 2017 6 year old Xavier Marconi was diagnosed with severe epilepsy oftentimes experiencing up to 100 seizures a day, which requires brain surgery this coming Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Akron Children’s Hospital.  As personal friends of Xavier’s parents Alex and Mandy, the kind and ever humble Mark Langdon and his wife Dawn saw  an opportunity to turn this into a positive experience for young Xavier by arranging for Superman, Xavier’s favorite superhero, to visit him at home; as you can see from the  video and photos this really made Xavier’s day!

Like in every Superman story, a bit of Kryptonite was preventing the Man of Steel from saving Xavier’s day in Akron because Mark’s Eastern Engineering graphics shop is located in Indianapolis.   Undaunted by this challenge, Mark harnessed the power of the RSA  by commissioning a Superman cut out to be created by another Superhero and fellow RSA member Kevin Anderson from S.E. Blue in Cleveland Ohio.  Kevin and his sidekick Craig were more than happy to make Xavier’s dream of meeting Superman a reality, by printing the Superhero cut out in all of its glory and delivering Superman to Xavier at his home in Akron.

This is the real human power, value and benefit of the RSA.  Xavier’s favorite superhero may be Superman, but the RSA and its members are the real superheroes.  Dawn and Mark Langdon wish to express a very special thanks to Kevin Anderson and his team of superheroes at SE Blue in Cleveland for saving the day and bringing happiness to a little superhero named Xavier who is fighting his own health nemesis on a daily basis.

Join us in sending positive thoughts and well wishes for a speedy recovery to our friend Xavier as he undergoes surgery this Friday.

Watch the incredible video here: Superman Saves Xavier’s Day

 

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