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Recognized Supplier Guide ’19

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14 • March 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Almo Professional A/V Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor for Ecler Audio Products Maryland-based Almo Professional A/V, a distributor of professional audio and digital signage equipment, announces that it has been named the exclusive U.S. distributor for Spain-based Ecler Audio Products, makers of audio equipment used in a variety of settings, including commercial and hospitality properties. As a result, Almo integrator partners will now have access to the complete line of Ecler speakers, audio players, matrixes, amplifiers and audio accessories. The Ecler line of audio products is being rolled up into Almo's "Sound Options" dedicated audio sourcing and technical engineering group. Ecler is exhibiting in the Sound Options booth during Almo's award-winning E4 education, networking and product showcase, which stops in Chicago in March and Los Angeles in April. FASTSIGNS Ranked No. 1 in its Category in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS International Inc. announces that it has been ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 for the third consecu- tive year. The Franchise 500—now in its 40th year—ranks FASTSIGNS as No. 95 overall—the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100. "We're honored to once again be recognized as the leader in our category for the third year in a row, says Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS. "This accomplishment is a testament to the strength of the brand, our franchisees, support team, and the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity. FASTSIGNS achieved exceptional results in 2018, another record year for the company, including the signing of 52 franchise agreements as well as a Master Franchise Agreements to expand the brand to Spain, the Balearic Islands, and Gibral- tar and a Master Franchise Agreement for Chile. We're positioned to continue our aggressive worldwide growth this year." MagnaColours Launches BluePrint Campaign UK-based Magna Colours, a manufacturer of water-based inks, announces the launch of the BluePrint campaign, a corporate sustainability partnership between the company and the UK-based ocean conservation charity Just One Ocean. MagnaColours says it plans to contribute support and donations to "contribute to valuable research into pollution, the threat of microplastics to wildlife and human health, and how the industry can work towards cleaner oceans." Founded in 2014 by David Jones, an environmentalist, researcher, and speaker, Just One Ocean was inspired by the devastation Jones witnessed during his world travels as a diver and underwater photographer. "As a UK conservation charity, having the support of business and industry is important to us," explains Jones. "We are proactively undertaking research and raising awareness of ocean issues, but we need help from a wide range of organizations to do that. However, it is also important to us that we forge relationships with organizations that not only reflect our goals and objectives but also contribute in some way to making the planet and the oceans potentially a better place. Sustainability is key to that, and we are therefore delighted to have partnered with MagnaColours Ltd." Onyx Graphics Celebrates Three Decades of Innovation Salt Lake City-based Onyx Graphics, a developer of RIP software and workflow systems for the signage and commercial graphics industry, announces its celebration of 30 years in business this year. Since creating what is says was the first wide-format RIP software in 1989, the company says its solu- tions have become the industry standard for entire print environments, known for "outstanding color, automated workflows and superior output that can be proven to print buyers." "We're incredibly proud of our heritage and entrepreneurial spirit as the first commercial wide- and grand-format print software company," says Kevin Murphy, president and CEO of Onyx Graphics. "Between our in-house development teams and color scientists, along with close relationships with our worldwide customer base, Onyx Graphics has the unique position of continually driving innovation across the indus- try—something we're looking forward to sustaining for the next 30 years." SDG

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