These two Baton Rouge-based printing, sign, and graphics companies are combining their successful brands into one company focused on exceptional customer service and quality full-service printing for local, regional, and national clients.
Vivid Ink Graphics and First Graphix have been cooperative competitors for years, and their relationship continued evolving until Stephen St. Cyr, president at VIG, and Chris Weilenman, president at FG, realized the potential synergy a merger would provide.
St. Cyr, states this is one of those times when one plus one equals three. While each company is profitable and strong on its own, all 4 owners recognized the opportunity for growth the merger would provide. The company will retain the Vivid Ink Graphics name and all four owners: Stephen St. Cyr, Collin Keller, Chris Weilenman, and Margaret Thompson-Crifasi, will continue as partners.
The two companies both produce large format graphics as well as full-service printing and have a customer-service-focused company culture that serves the entire graphics industry. Historically, VIG grew from the large format signs and graphics industry into all types of printing, including digital and screen printing. FG began as an offset print shop that expanded into large format signs and graphics.
Both companies have a significant presence in the food service industries, with VIG serving Raising Cane’s® and Community® Coffee, while FG serves McAlister’s Deli, Capriotti’s, and several others large restaurant chains. With operations in both NO and BTR, VIG also has a large presence serving the financial services industries and has 1000 local customers throughout the area.
The merged company will be better able to serve its local customers and expand its presence both regionally and nationally. Both locations of VIG in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as the FG Baton Rouge location will be maintained. The combined company expects to retain all current employees.
Vivid Ink Graphics expands its technological edge with the Jeti Tauro H2500 printer. Vivid Ink Graphics is proud to announce the acquisition of an Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Tauro H2500 LED printer, the flagship in their wide-format UV-inkjet printer portfolio. This 8.2 foot wide hybrid UV inkjet printer has an integrated roll-to-roll system which features continuous and automated feeding of a wide range of flexible and rigid media, including several types of corrugated board. This is one more example of how Vivid Ink Graphics’ commitment to technology allows us to offer our clients improved quality at reasonable cost. We are: Graphics Made Simple!
Vivid Ink Graphics is proud to announce the introduction of an industry first: Illuminated / Animated Vinyl Graphics!
Vivid Ink Graphics is happy to announce the launch of our new website. Over a year in development, the site tells the story of our three core strengths: helping local, regional, and national brands thrive in a competitive marketplace. Videos tell the story of our dedication to providing the best service and value in the marketplace. We’d like to thank all of the talented designers, programmers, and managers who helped make this possible.