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All Out Print Communications : How Bigger Can Be Better

January 2010 By Erik Cagle
Senior Editor
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THERE ARE companies which devise clever, creative names that sound less and less cute every time you hear them. Some prefer to meld together several monikers; others turn to techno-esque handles that may make zero sense, but still sound cool.

And many graphic arts firms are taking the word "printing" out of the equation, because it's no longer hip to be just a printer and no one wants to be pigeonholed as such. You'd think it was akin to calling a company Johnson Typewriter.

But few "marketing solutions providers" use a name that accurately describes not only what they do, but how they do it. That all has changed with the emergence of All Out Print Communications, the new kid on the block in Woodridge, IL. Actually, it's literally true that All Out is new, given that the firm only opened its doors in November of 2005. More on that later.

What's in a name? In this case, a little bit of attitude, a dash of tenacity and a boatload of spirit. Think Pete Rose without the bad hair or shady friends. All Out's trademark is "Big, Bold and Fearless." For you see, not only does company founder J.B. Capuano expect his production team to jump through hoops for their customers, he wants those clients to alter the approach they take to creating and disseminating their message.

"We challenge our customers to be big, bold and fearless—to embrace large-format output, and to print on unique substrates," he says.

That's the Way We Roll

Capuano is a man of few words who doesn't dabble in BS. He knows that, without quality customer service in a highly competitive Chicago-area marketplace, the name isn't going to fill capacity and keep clients coming back. Everyone at All Out—from Capuano down to the guy who drives delivery trucks—is in lock step with the message, "Customer service, that's the way we roll," which can be found hanging on a large sign in the middle of the pressroom.

"If they don't care about the customer," Capuano notes of employees, "they're not working here."

Capuano's industry resumé extends before his company's November 2005 birth. His father, Jim, founded a shop called Multiple Images in 1986, before selling it to Houston-based Consolidated Graphics in 1999. The Capuanos stayed on board to manage the company for another six years, but increasingly found they wanted to go in a somewhat different direction from their traditional 40˝ sheetfed work.

 

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