Motivating Graphics — Making the Right Calls

Motivating Graphics’ large Bobst diecutter.

Three generations of the Clark family overseeing the company’s two facilities include (from the left): Ray Sr., Ray Jr., Chris and Tim.

Motivating Graphics relies on Singulus CD manufacturing equipment.

One of Motivating Graphics’ two Goss Sunday 2000 web presses.

Motivating Graphics’ new 64˝ KBA Rapida large-format press.

PRINTERS WHO hitch their star to a particular vertical market put themselves in a vulnerable position, given that market may experience wholesale changes and leave them holding an antiquated bag.

By all rights, Motivating Graphics’ obituary should have been written by now. The Ft. Worth, TX-based company primarily aligned with a single market from its outset in 1976, and that vertical experienced major technological shifts that would have shaken loose many vendors like apples from a tree. But, 30 years later, the Clark family—father Ray Sr., son Ray Jr. and grandsons Chris and Tim—are coming off a year in which they invested more than $20 million in equipment that further entrenches Motivating Graphics in its vertical of choice.

Of course, it helps just a little if that vertical is the telecommunications industry. Technologies may come and go at a mind-numbing pace, but one thing that will never change is the need for interpersonal communications. Thus, Motivating Graphics has seen some monumental changes in a relatively short period: Consider that when the printer was aligning itself in this space, before it was even dubbed telecommunications, electronics and two-way radios were all the rage. Then, the pager craze hit in the 1990s and faded on the heels of Y2K. Naturally, the beeper went bye-bye because of what has become perhaps the most pervasive technology to emerge since the ATM card—cell phones.

Pacing with Change

One thing remains a constant in telecommunications, and that is change. Motivating Graphics’ ability to maintain pace with the evolving needs of the industry has enabled it to forge deep relationships with the three leading phone manufacturers and many U.S. and international carriers.

“All along, we’ve had a better mousetrap,” notes Chris Clark, company vice president. “The main reasons we’ve been able to garner a lot of business is quality and turnaround. The industry has always been ‘gotta have it now,’ so our quick turn times made us what we are today.”

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