PRINTING United Alliance and Franchise Services Inc. Announce Partnership
PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in North America, and Franchise Services, Inc., a leading franchise management company that owns Sir Speedy, PIP, and Signal Graphics, among other leading brands; announce that Franchise Services, Inc. has joined the Alliance, a historic first for all members of a printing franchise to join the association. With this move, nearly 200 franchise locations across the United States under its umbrella will gain immediate access to the Alliance’s premier member resources, programs, and services. The partnership was officially signed at the Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics annual convention, held in Kansas City, Mo. July 12-15.
Franchise Services, Inc. joins the Alliance in the midst of celebrating significant growth and success. The company recently announced that a combined comparative sales growth for the company’s print management group increased 20% last year, mostly in the signage sector, but with other products and services contributing to the strong performance which include direct mail, mailing services, marketing brochures, labels, and promotional products.
“In such an exciting time of growth and success in our widespread organization, we see great value and benefit in joining the PRINTING United Alliance community,” says Richard Lowe, President and COO of Franchise Services, Inc. “Our brands have been around for more than 50 years, and we have several new, younger-generation owners who have joined the Sir Speedy and PIP networks because they see growth opportunities in the graphic communications industry.
“We strive to equip our most seasoned and newest owners with the very latest training, education, certifications, research, trends and more; and the Alliance fulfills every one of those needs for our collective group. We’re looking forward to having immediate access to all these benefits.”
“We welcome Franchise Services, Inc. and all of their locations across the U.S. to the Alliance community,” says Ford Bowers, CEO, PRINTING United Alliance. “We recognize the sheer volume of locations serving the marketplace and celebrate how many customers they, in turn, support through their vast services. This historic move by Franchise Services, Inc. will connect its owners with thousands of others in the industry as well as instantly grant them access to invaluable training, education, trends and analysis, and so much more. We look forward to working with the entirety of the organization.”
Join the Alliance
If you are part of a franchise network and would like to learn more about becoming an Alliance member to tap into the vast network and benefits available to you, visit www.printing.org/membership, or call 888-385-3588 to speak with our membership team for more information.
About Franchise Services
Franchise Services, Inc. (FSI) is a franchise management company that owns Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics. These franchise companies are marketing, signage and print services providers that specialize in the creation and execution of growth-oriented solutions for small- to medium-size businesses. Franchise Services also owns TeamLogic IT, a fast-growing technology franchise that provides managed IT services. FSI has a 50-plus year history of managing award-winning brands that support the small- to medium-size business market. The company’s brands and worldwide affiliates encompass more than 400 locations worldwide.
About PRINTING United Alliance
PRINTING United Alliance is the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, comprised of the industry’s vast communities. The Alliance serves industry professionals across market segments with preeminent education and training via iLEARNING+, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety, and environmental sustainability guidance, as well as resources from our leading media brands – Printing Impressions, Packaging Impressions, Wide-format Impressions, In-plant Impressions, Apparelist, and Print+Promo Marketing. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance is a global leader in standards training and certification for printing and graphic arts operations across the entire industry supply chain.
PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, the most influential days in printing. The expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services are showcased to the industry at large, and represents all market segments in one easily accessed place.