Thomas Reprographics will be exhibiting at the 52nd Annual IFA Convention in Orlando, Florida on February 11-14. Representing the company will be Bryan Thomas, Trevor Hansen, Richard Lira and Mario Erwin. Thomas will be demonstrating Visualogistix® from a newly designed 20’x10’ booth. Over 300 vendors will be exhibiting at this year’s show. Thomas Reprographics has been a Supplier member of the International Franchise Association since 2009. The keynote speakers at the convention will be:

  • Bill O’Reilly from FOX News
  • David Novak, Chairman & CEO of YUM! Brands, Inc.
  • Guy Kawasaki, author and former chief evangelist of Apple
  • The 2011 convention show floor
  • Last year’s keynote speaker, Mitt Romney

Thomas Reprographics is participating in the show this year to share with the over 3,000 franchise professionals, from many of the industry’s largest, most iconic franchise brands about the benefits of using Visualogistix®. For franchisers, Visualogistix® brings their collateral management into the 21st century. Instead of leaving everything to individual franchisees (and worrying about consistent branding) or producing mass quantities of materials (without allowing for local customization) or completing separate jobs for each franchise (which is expensive), they can order what they need when they need it with the ability to enforce branding standards and allow for customization as needed. Visualogistix® offers:

  • All collateral — signs, displays, brochures, posters, flyers, everything — stored electronically
  • A customized Web page to order the collateral, with 24/7 access from anywhere in the world
  • The ability to establish standards for customization and consistency across the organization
  • Access for franchisees to order collateral as needed, within your established approval process
  • Reduced time — and the associated costs — spent ensuring brand consistency, managing revisions, resolving differences between franchisees, and more.

See all that Visualogistix® has to offer at Visualogistix.com. More information on IFA can be found at www.franchise.org. If you are attending the show, stop by and see us in booth #736.

  • Bettye Guillory, Ashley Ford, Debby Joiner and Ed Stevelman

Happy holidays and good tidings of gingerbread! Ginger and the Snaps represented A&E – The Graphics Complex well in Saturday's Gingerbread Build-off competition. They didn't bring home one of the awards, but at the AIA's request, their holiday gazebo was chosen to go on display at the ArCH exhibition! The winning structures, along with a few select entries, will be on public display for a week in the ArCH gallery at 315 Capital.

Ginger and the Snaps is so proud of their gazebo; the team really stepped it up a notch from last year and paid a lot of attention to detail. Standing inside the gazebo was a decorated Christmas tree, with little wrapped packages and toys underneath. Snowmen and Santa in his sleigh were close by in the snow, and there was even a gingerbread man fishing in the outdoor pond! Hand painted nutcrackers stood guard at the gazebo steps.

Competition was very stiff this year (most of the winning teams brought in professional pastry chefs to assist them), and some of the entries were unbelievable. Winners included gingerbread interpretations of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Astrodome and Houston's historic Alabama Theatre. There was a realistic looking pirate ship and a tall tower with Rapunzel's hair (spaghetti, of course) flowing out of the tower window. This year, the public got to vote on their favorite. Ginger and the Snaps consisted of Ashley Ford, Ed Stevelman, Debby Joiner and Bettye Guillory. This is their second time in the Gingerbread Build-off. They look forward to next year’s competition!

Canstruction Houston is a unique design/build competition for Houston Area architects, engineers, and construction firms. Canstruction puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build. Architects, engineers, designers, contractors and students mentored by these professionals, are challenged to design and build colossal sculptures using canned food as their primary building block. Tape and cardboard serve as nails and cement. The colors and designs on food product labels form the artists' pallet. "Bricks" come in a variety of sizes from the smallest tuna can to the industrial-size tomato can. Competition rules dictate that structures can be only 10' x 20' x 8' h and must be self-supporting.

This deliciously inventive charity broke ground in 1992, the brainchild of the Society for Design Administration in association with chapters of the American Institute of Architects and allied professional organizations in the design and construction industry. A truly grass roots, all volunteer charity, the competition currently takes place in over 90 cities across North America but is destined to spread beyond our shores to nations around the world. It’s the most exciting food drive ever created. 1.2 million pounds of food is currently raised annually as a result of the competitions. Our goal is to significantly increase this amount each year by increasing the number of cities and firms participating, and by increasing the quantity of food used in each structure.

Canstruction has the ability to cross all political, national, racial and religious boundaries, bringing all societies together to produce a visually stunning collective statement to put an end to hunger. A&E – The Graphics Complex, a division of Thomas Reprographics was the underwriting sponsor for the 2011 SDA Canstruction Design Build competition benefiting the Houston Food Bank! Fourteen area firms came together to build structures at Houston’s CityCentre and competed for the top awards. This year’s Houston area winners are as follows:

  • Best Meal - VLK/Langham Creek High School
  • Best Use of Labels – Cobb Fendley Architects
  • Structural Ingenuity – Costello
  • Jurors Favorite – Gensler
  • Honorable Mention – Perkins + Will
  • Honorable Mention – English + Associates
  • Best Use of Most Needed Items – Gensler
  • Best Sign – Mitchell Carlson Stone

See photos here.

Breast cancer donation

Thanks to Bettye Guillory of our Houston location who helped raise $800 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. Every Friday during the month of October, Bettye sold lunch plates for Breast Cancer Research in honor of Betty Ann Gremillion and Sharon Haynes. Betty Ann, mother of Chuck, Roger, Pat, Rock and John Gremillion, and co-founder of A&E – The Graphic Complex, lost her battle with Breast Cancer in 1986. Sharon, an A&E employee for eight years, lost her battle with Breast Cancer in 2008. Bettye, pick-up and delivery manager and Thomas employee for almost 20 years, continues to find ways to help around the community. She also helped with Houston’s The Promise of Giving “Back to School Celebration” through Windsor Village United Methodist Church where over $400 was raised to help purchase school supplies. Together, with the rest of the community, the program was able to assist more than 1,700 Houston area families. Continuing in the spirit of Bettye, Houston is already focusing on their next community project by collecting canned goods for the Houston Food Bank. Thanks, Bettye, for continuing to help support others in our community and remind us how important it is to give back!

The 2011 Fort Worth CANstruction® competition was held October 9th at North East Mall in Hurst, Texas. CANstruction® is an international effort that supports local and regional competitions to challenge architects, engineers, interior designers and students to create huge sculptures made from cans of food. The Fort Worth area CANstruction® competition food structures are donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank to serve families in need in Tarrant County and 13 surrounding counties (after exhibition and judging). As a result, thousands of local hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build. This year’s winners were:

  • Jurors Favorite: Freese and Nichols - "Angry Birds Take Aim at Hunger"
  • Best use of Labels: VLK - "1=3"
  • Best Meal: HHS - "On the Front Lines Battling Hunger"
  • Structural Ingenuity: Dunaway - "Together, We CAN Build A Better, Healthier Future"
  • Honorable Mention: TCC - "The Art of Ending Hunger"
  • Honorable Mention: Jacobs - "I Meant what I Said , And I Said What I Meant, We Mean to End Hunger 100 Percent!"
  • People’s Choice Award: JQ - "Give Hunger A Lickin'"
Angela Lopez

Thomas Reprographics is proud to congratulate Angela Lopez, a sophomore at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, for being awarded a scholarship from the Children of Reprographic Employees Scholarship Trust (CREST). Angela is the daughter of Clare Lopez, Offset Printing Coordinator at our Richmond Ave. store in Houston. Angela Lopez is a Professional Writing major who serves as Co-Writing Editor of The Regis, the King’s College yearbook. As a sophomore, she is the youngest of the staff. In addition to excelling both in and out of the classroom, Angela works part time in the Writing Center, where she tutors students seeking to improve their writing skills. She serves as an Orientation Adviser on her college campus, and volunteers her time in the community by working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Angela is on the Dean’s List at King’s College, and her career goals include writing fiction and editing.

The CREST foundation brings together reprographics industry leaders, united in their membership in the International Reprographics Association (IRgA), who can help ensure a better future for the children of their workforce. Given the family and community-minded nature of this industry, The CREST Foundation is a natural extension of the close support that characterizes the people and businesses within it. It provides a way for reprographers – even in competitive relationships with one another – to work together in creating a more promising future for upcoming generations. While the majority of the scholarship fund is donated by reprographic industry insiders – both individuals and companies – a significant portion of each year’s donations come from industry suppliers and supporters such as equipment manufacturers, supply companies, financial institutions that invest in the industry and service suppliers. Their contributions make The CREST Foundation possible. For more information about The Crest Foundation, please visit www.crestfoundation.org.

At Thomas Reprographics, one of our core values is to be a company with whom it is easy to do business. That’s why we’ve made ordering prints and uploading files easier than ever. Simply create a profile to use the system and choose the appropriate service for the order you wish to place. You can even choose multiple services on a single order. Fill in your requirements and securely upload your files. Select the location closest to you and your order will be on its way! Archiving your files for future orders is also a snap. Go to eorder.thomasrepro.com to set up your profile today!

This past September, one of Thomas Reprographics’ longest tenured employees retired. David Laza started working for BJ Thomas forty-three years ago. David held many different positions throughout his career and became a mentor for many employees. He always had great advice and experience to offer as well as first-hand knowledge of the history of the company. We honored David with a reception at our Addison location on Tuesday evening. Several customers and many employees stopped by to wish David the best in his retirement. We hope he enjoys riding his Harley, fishing and spending time with his family. See more pictures from the reception here.

As part of our continued push into the restaurant market space with Visualogistix, today we have launched an all new promo video highlighting the benefits of Visualogistix.

Today, LINK DSG launched an all new website highlighting the benefits of LINK and its wide range of managed print services for national and international organizations. Through LINK’s unique offering, companies can reduce their printing expenses by up to 30%. In a 500 person firm this can represent an annual savings of over $400,000. For more information on LINK DSG and the benefits it can offer our clients visit www.linkdsg.com.

The 25th annual AIA SandCastle competition was held this past weekend on East Beach in Galveston, Texas. A&E – The Graphics Complex sponsored the event and served up hot dogs, cold drinks and some shade to their participating clients. The 2011 winners are listed here, and pictures will be posted as soon as they are available.

Update 6/8/11: See video highlights from Saturday’s AIA Sandcastle competition sponsored by A&E - The Graphics Complex, a division of Thomas Reprographics. Photos of winners will be posted soon!

Update 6/20/11: Congratulations to Jacobs Engineering for winning first prize and the coveted Golden Bucket award! See photos of all the winners here.

PCI logo

Visualogistix, a marketing asset management and logistic service of Thomas Reprographics, Inc. has recently been certified as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant. PCI DSS is a worldwide information security standard defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. The standard was created to help payment card industry organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud through increased controls around data and its exposure to compromise. The standard applies to all organizations that hold, process, or exchange cardholder information from any card branded with the logo of one of the card brands. For additional information on Visualogistix, visit Visualogistix.com

Bob Knappage

Thomas Reprographics’ Vice President, Bob Knappage, retired after 37 years with the company. We celebrated Bob with a reception in each of the Thomas Reprographics markets and a farewell dinner on March 17th. Wishing Bob much happiness in his retirement!

Thomas Reprographics’ move to 801 2nd Avenue North in Minneapolis is complete and we are officially open! Come by and see our new facility. It’s bright and cheery, and you’ll enjoy the same great service as always.

Albinson and TR

On March 14, 2011, Albinson Reprographics will move to its new location at 801 2nd Avenue North in Minneapolis. At that time, we will also merge with our parent company, Thomas Reprographics. You’ll still enjoy the same great service and see the same smiling faces you’ve come to love at Albinson’s over the past 65 years; only our name and address will change. Look for your invitation to our upcoming open house. We look forward to serving you at our new location on March 14!

DALLAS, TX – March 1, 2011 – Three industry leading companies providing reprographics and facilities management services (Thomas, NRI and CallPrint) have created a Joint Venture forming one Managed Print Services (MPS) provider: LINK Document Services Group, LLC. To solidify its technology offering, LINK’s first action was to acquire Sepialine, Inc. and its Argos software platform.

This comprehensive MPS offering analyzes, designs and manages enterprise wide copier and printer fleets, providing predictable, controlled costs and increased flexibility while preserving precious capital, mitigating risk and streamlining workflow and compliance.

Each partner is recognized in the A/E/C industry as a leader and visionary. LINK Document Services Group uses the strongest technology platform reaching the largest global network with a unified vision. Partner locations are in most major cities through the U.S. and U.K. with access to the extensive ReproMAX Network, allowing production and delivery of documents anywhere in the world. LINK offers its clients one contract, one platform, one point of contact, one price and one invoice.

Perspectives logoThomas Reprographics just wrapped up its second annual virtual national sales conference. The meeting was themed “Perspectives” to place its reps in the minds of their clients, allowing them the unique opportunity to understand their needs and how each rep fits into the client's work processes. It was a true blended learning experience, intertwining live local sessions with ooVoo video conferencing, conference calls, WebEx and its own TRtv.tv. The conference was managed by Thomas Reprographics’ division, The Blue Ocean, which is a trademarked company that uses the power of technology to help companies deliver their own story and message globally. It was a true state-of-the-art national conference where its participants were able to attend from the comfort of their own office, desk or even home. Check out The Blue Ocean at www.thomasrepro.com/theblueocean.

The Marshmallow Problem

Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" — a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape, some string and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average? We tried this at our recent national sales meeting in Dallas. It was a great team building exercise and fun, too! Click the image to see more photos from the event.

Ginger and the Snaps

A&E - The Graphics Complex, a division of Thomas Reprographics, entered the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Build-off, sponsored by the Architecture Center (ArCH) and hosted by C2 Creative on Saturday, on December 11th in Houston. The Thomas Reprographics team won 2nd place! The team, named “Ginger and the Snaps”, consisted of Debby Joiner, Claire Lopez, Ed Stevelman and Ashley Ford. It was a great day filled with tough and creative competition! 25 teams of up to five people each competed in this year’s build-off. In addition to the coveted Grand Prix de Show, prizes were given in categories including Best Architectural Icon, Tallest Standing Structure, Best Traditionally Themed, Best Non-Traditionally Themed, and Most Creative Use of Materials. Gingerbread buildings were judged by an independent panel of food, design, art, and architecture professionals. Following the Build-off, winners and select competitors will be featured in a one week exhibition, free and open to the public, at Architecture Center Houston.

Océ Arizona

Quickly followed by second Océ Arizona 550 XT printer installed at Thomas Reprographics’ Austin location

Nov. 30, 2010 – Trumbull, CT – Océ, an international leader in digital document management and large format printing solutions, today announced it installed the first Océ Arizona® 550 XT printer in the U.S. at Thomas Reprographics’ facility in Dallas. This installation was quickly followed by a second Océ Arizona 550 XT printer placement at Thomas Reprographics’ Austin, TX, location.