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Grand Work in the Capital

Experience Gets the Job in the Door

Part 2 of 3

By Gretchen A. Peck

Indoor and outdoor grand format print is challenging without the proper tools. In the past year, Lanham, MD-based Hargrove Inc. has invested in print equipment to continue servicing high-profile customers. The company recently installed an EFI VUTEk QS3200 flatbed printer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Scitex XL1500.

"We wanted something that was easy to use and maintain. Our print shop runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and downtime becomes a major issue. So that attribute had to be at the forefront of our decision to purchase the QS3200," explains Fred Strickland, director of production, Hargrove.

To complement the systems, Hargrove chose a 112 Extreme heat-sealing welder from Miller Weldmaster Corporation and a cutter/router from EskoArtwork. "We’ve been able to dramatically control our finishing labor costs," he says.

Hargrove’s client base spans a range of industries and countries. "We have an association base and a corporate base. We do government business. We run the game on all types of vertical markets throughout the world," explains Lana Ostrander, director marketing and public relations, Hargrove.

The type of print work the shop produces manifests in a spectrum of indoor and outdoor applications. Even when an event is largely set in an indoor arena, outdoor graphics tend to play an important role. Directional signage or building wraps can be positioned outside of a convention site.

At press time, Hargrove was preparing to install a 16x118-foot mesh banner for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The client had a horizontal message," Strickland notes. "And they wanted to maximize the square footage. They were very specific about not having seams and wanted a crisp, clean image. The length was determined by the tie points on the building.

"It’s a unique facility," Strickland continues. "It sits across the street from the White House. There’s a high level of sensitivity and security involved. Given our decades of experience working in the Washington, DC area, we are familiar with the security agencies and their requirements. Our familiarity with the location is what we provide, in addition to being competitively priced."

Read more about end users working on grand format outdoor signage in next week’s Digital Queue. For more projects by Hargrove, read the December print issue of Digital Output.

Click here to read Part 1 of this exclusive online series, Producing Big Print.

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Nov2009, Digital Output

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