Five Omaha Printing Firms Consolidate Under Firespring Name, Move to New Facility Planned
LINCOLN, Neb.—July 27, 2015—With a combined history dating back to 1919, CopyCat Printing, MinuteMan Printing, United Enterprises, Mail Marketing and Cornerstone Print & Marketing have been staples of the Omaha community. Now, all five have joined forces to become Firespring, which will be located at 10913 E Circle in Omaha.
Ryan Henkel, vice president of Omaha operations, said Firespring can now offer a wide spectrum of creative, print, mail and technology solutions from one location.
"Our current and future clients will benefit from the additional services we offer and vast experience we now have at our disposal," Henkel noted. "We’re a company on the cutting edge of cross-media marketing."
Firespring President Kevin Thomas began his career at an Omaha AlphaGraphics franchise that eventually became Cornerstone Print & Marketing before the merger with Firespring. "We’ve been part of the Omaha business community for decades and have grown with the city," explained Thomas. "This expansion has taken things to a whole new level."
Cornerstone Print & Marketing, prior to the merger, was listed by Quick Printing magazine as the sixth largest Small Commercial Printing Operation in North America.
Firespring became the largest communications agency in the Midwest when the Nebraska company merged with Lincoln ad agencies 42 and Snitily Carr earlier this year. Thomas said Firespring has bigger plans for its Omaha operation, with a future move on the horizon. The company recently acquired a 52,000-square-foot building at 1515 South 75th Street near Aksarben Village and expects to move all Omaha operations there in early 2016.
Firespring founder Jay Wilkinson noted the recent merger and expansion plans in Omaha enable the company to provide a wide range of marketing, advertising and communications services tailored to the specific needs of each client.
"Today’s business landscape is littered with companies that offer only one piece of the communications puzzle," Wilkinson concluded. "The time is right for Omaha nonprofits and businesses to be able to work with one vendor that provides top-notch talent, technology and strategic vision under one roof. We think this will be a game changer for Omaha."
All employees involved in the Omaha consolidation have been retained.
Firespring is the largest communications agency in the Midwest with more than 3,000 clients on five continents and more than 230 employees in Lincoln, Omaha and Council Bluffs. It provides integrated print, creative, and technology solutions in addition to subscription-based software, IT services and marketing solutions for nonprofits and small-to-midsize businesses. In 2014, Firespring became the first Certified B Corporation in Nebraska and operates under the stated purpose to "leverage our people, products and profit as a force for good."
The firm donates 3 percent of its products and services to nonprofits, 3 percent of its profit to charity and every employee takes one day off per month (3 percent of its time) to volunteer for a nonprofit of their choice. They call this program "Power of 3." In 2011, Firespring was featured in Inc. Magazine as one of the Top Small Company Workplaces in America.