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BIGink Purchases Ivey Photo in Seattle

Monday, July 07, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

SEATTLE (July 2, 2008) – BIGink, a Seattle-based custom and large-format digital printing company, has purchased Ivey Photo's business-to-business division in Seattle. Since 1975, Ivey Photo has offered film development and photo-finishing services, eventually expanding into digital imaging services, to Seattle businesses. As of July 1, BIGink acquired key equipment, as well as the company's associated client list.

Ivey Photo's departure from the Seattle market and the close of ProLab in April, position BIGink as the principal large-format printer in Seattle. Within the last year, it has expanded its facility from 15,000 to 23,000 square feet, as well as adding personnel and equipment.

BIGink has seen a steady stream of new clients and opportunities since ProLab left the market, and Scholl anticipates that this growth will continue as a result of the Ivey Photo acquisition. In the first half of this year, BIGink has seen a twelve percent increase in new customers from the same period last year.

Currently, BIGink has eight employees who previously worked at Ivey. "Their knowledge and experience has been a valuable component to the company's recent growth and success," says BIGink president John Scholl.  "We think this acquisition is a natural fit for our company."

Among equipment gained in the purchase were large scale and high capacity printing and photofinishing equipment, scanners, a van, as well as Ivey's customer list. On July 1, the equipment was moved to BIGink's facility just two blocks northeast of Safeco field in Seattle's industrial district.

"With easy access to the downtown corridor, I-90 and I-5, the location is convenient for our clients, suppliers and sales team," says Scholl.

Founded in 1991, BIGink provides corporate, retail and public works organizations with large-format and digital print, photo and installation services for their communication and marketing needs. The company offers a wide range of visual display products, as well as design and finishing services.  BIGink's products and the surfaces they are printed on range from museum and interpretive center exhibit and display graphics to retail and event signage, murals, window graphics, vehicle wrapping, table tops, fabric printing, wallpaper and image décor.

"This is an exciting time for BIGink and our clients," says Scholl. "We look forward to servicing our new clients with the innovation and enthusiasm we are known for."




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