UPDATED — At one point, Total Printing Solutions had been in negotiations to buy Sign Pro, but it didn’t work out.
Then, last month, after seeing an item in Have You Heard? that Sign Pro was facing eviction and appeared to be out of business, Total Printing Solutions again looked into buying Sign Pro’s assets.
This time, it worked.
In addition to allowing “some sorely needed expansion to pick up more capacity” along with potential new customers, the purchase is important for previous Sign Pro customers, says Frank Ellis, who is in sales and marketing for Total Printing Solutions.
“We want to be sure that those customers that had done business with Sign Pro know that … we potentially have access to all their electronic production files.”
Ellis previously owned Jet Digital Printing & Signs, and he says it was important to him to take his customer base to Total Printing Solutions “in an effort to make sure our customers didn’t go through the same thing Sign Pro’s customers are now.”
The more than 30-year-old Total Printing Solutions, which is at 1325 E. Douglas, purchased Sign Pro’s printing, cutting and installation equipment and computer technology and software inventory.
Ellis says high-volume decals are a strong niche for Total Printing Solutions, and that area likely will grow even further. He says the asset purchase also will help grow the company’s vehicle graphics and trade show graphics business.
“We’ve been a little restricted on our capacity, so it will help our capacity tremendously.”