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12 • October 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S JPP to Add Distribution Locations Burnsville, Minnesota-based Johnson Plastics Plus, a distributor of rotary and laser engraving materi- als and supplies, announces upcoming changes to increase delivery speeds and reduce shipments from multiple warehouses. The company plans to create four new distribution centers, each warehousing a full assortment of products. "Our current distribution footprint was created over time through growth, both organically and from acquisitions," says Jim Ellward, Johnson Plastics Plus CEO. "As a result, we had multiple locations that didn't stock a full assortment of our products." To determine how to improve operational efficiencies, the company launched an extensive study of the current customer experience and distribution footprint model. According to Ellward, the objective was consistent throughout the entire process: Strive for the best customer experience possible while taking care of employees and improving overall operations. As a result of the study, the company decided on four strategically located distribution centers in Burnsville, Montana; Carrollton, Texas; Reno, Nevada; and Findlay, Ohio. The new locations provide Johnson Plastics Plus room to expand its current product offerings. According to the company, these specific locations were chosen as more than 98% of customers are within a one- to two-day shipping window from these distribution points. Roland DGA Appoints LaserTek Solutions as Authorized Dealer in Two Eastern States Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, the U.S. division of the Japan-based printer com- pany, announces that Plum, Pennsylvania-based LaserTek Solutions, a distributor of printers and printing supplies, will be the official reseller of Roland DGA's color products in Western Pennsylvania and the Northern part of West Virginia. Roland says that LaserTek Solutions, which is located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, is traditionally a busi- ness document solutions, sales and service company with an established regional customer base. Mutoh Relocates North American Headquarters Phoenix-based wide-format printer and cutter manufacturer Mutoh America announces that it has relo- cated its North American headquarters and its new home includes a new, larger, state-of-the-art learning center. The learning center features the latest in Mutoh printing technology and is a dedicated space designed to cater to the company's resellers, end users and industry partners. It will be used for training seminars, personal demonstrations, meetings and to explore new application possibilities for Mutoh products. "After 16 years in our last location, we are excited to upgrade to our new Mutoh America Inc. Phoenix headquarters," says Brian Phipps, president and general manager of Mutoh America. "With our new state- of-the-art corporate learning center, we will train our partners on the latest technology and educate our customers and prospects on the exciting applications for the visual communication markets." The new headquarters is just a few miles from the company's former location on S. 47th St.; it's at 4405 E. Baseline Rd, #120, Phoenix, Arizona, 85042. JDS Industries Continues to Expand to Accommodate Growth Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based JDS Industries, a supplier of components to the sign and graphics, subli- mation, awards, and gifts and promotion markets, announces a flurry of facility-related activity in recent months in order to serve its customers better. Last fall, it installed a 20,000-square-foot addition to connect its two warehouses at its headquarters in Sioux Fall, bringing that space to 255,000 total square feet. Recently, the company relocated its Chicago-area facility to Addison, Illinois, from Elk Grove Village. Doing so the company took over 87,000 square feet, 35,000 more than it had in Elk Grove. JDS' Detroit-area location is now in Brownstown, Michigan, where it occupies 78,000 square feet of space. That's 33,200 more than it had in Romulus, Michigan. The company says that its employees handle the moves inter- nally with minimum down time for each location.

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