Flying Colors Merging with H.O.T. Printing & Graphics

TOLEDO, OH—May 3, 2010—Two of the area’s leading commercial printing and graphic companies now will be one team. Effective May 1st, Flying Colors Press has become a division of H.O.T. Printing & Graphics.

Over the past 35 years, H.O.T. has grown to become one of the largest full-service printing, graphics and direct mail organizations serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Adding Flying Colors Press assets to the family-owned business is H.O.T.’s ninth acquisition of competing printing companies over the past two decades.

“We are excited to welcome Flying Colors Press and its reputation of excellence to the H.O.T. family,” says Greg Shapiro, President of H.O.T. “This merger will position us for even more growth, providing additional quality choices for our clients, providing production efficiencies with more in-house resources and enabling even greater competitiveness in the marketplace.”

H.O.T.—originally known as Shapiro’s House of Type—was started as a small, out-of-the-home typesetter by the mother of the three sons presently running the business, Greg, Myron and Norm Shapiro. Currently operated in a 35,000-square-foot suburban facility, H.O.T. has vastly expanded over the years, offering a graphics department and many more presses, including a six-color Shinohara sheetfed press and Kodak NexPress digital press. Investing in advanced technological services also has been a priority, with H.O.T. providing options such as variable data printing, one-to-one marketing, data-driven communications, PURL (personalized URL), storefronts and online ordering portals.

With acquisition of Flying Colors Press’ specialty services, H.O.T. continues to expand its already extensive printing capabilities. H.O.T. is gaining larger Heidelberg presses and equipment, experienced personnel providing enhanced quality and craftsmanship, expanded bindery, advanced diecutting and specialty finishes, more direct mail options, assembly and kitting fulfillment abilities.

“After 45 years in the business, I am pleased with this venture and look forward to working under the H.O.T. name and continuing to uphold the character of integrity and exceptional customer service,” says Mike Glinski, owner of Flying Colors Press. “The joining of our companies designates us as one, united leader of the industry for fulfilling the printing and communications needs of the Toledo area and beyond.”