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Sir Speedy and PIP Printing form Alliance with PrintNation, a Pitman Division

Press release from the issuing company

Industry's Leading Independent Distributor Now Single-Source Solution Provider for 1,050 Franchisees MISSION VIEJO, CA and TOTOWA, NJ, November 11, 2002 – Franchise Services, Inc. (FSI), parent of Sir Speedy and Pip Printing, and Pitman Company, the leading independent graphic arts supplier, today announced a strategic alliance naming Pitman's PrintNation Division the single-source solution provider for the company's 1,050 franchisees nationwide. Through the alliance, Sir Speedy and PIP Printing franchisees have 24/7 access to the graphic industry's largest equipment and supplies resources for digital and traditional prepress and press requirements, with the advantages of FSI's national account status. "Our alliance with Pitman, gives Sir Speedy and PIP franchisees a proven and reliable source of solutions for their production needs," said Don Lowe, CEO of Franchise Services, Inc. "It fits into our ongoing strategy to expand the options our franchisees have to help them operate efficiently and serve their customers even better." At the Printnation.com website, Sir Speedy and PIP Printing franchisees will be able to order a wide spectrum of products including premium offset, digital and specialty cut papers, inks, film and plates, as well as computers, ink-jet printers, design and production software and an extensive selection of office supplies. "We're very pleased to have this opportunity to work with Sir Speedy and PIP Printing franchisees across the country," noted Dennis Hays, President, Pitman Printnation Division. "With Printnation's easy-to-use ordering system, our tremendous inventory and Pitman's strong national distribution network, we're geared to provide fast turnaround with the right solutions for every franchise location." Franchise owners can log onto the Printnation website directly through the Sir Speedy or PIP Printing websites to place orders. The Printnation catalog contains products and equipment of hundreds of leading manufacturers represented by the Pitman Company. Among them, Agfa, DuPont, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Rycoline, Hewlett-Packard HP, Epson, Van Son Ink, Apple, Xerox, Canon, Adobe and Quark. Deliveries are made through the 21 fully stocked nationwide distribution centers of Pitman Company. Pitman's coast-to-coast distribution network assures outstanding product availability and fast delivery to franchisees.