New Bern Now has a year-long history with Dunn’s Office Solutions, as they were the first printers of “The Ledger”. They’ve also provided most of my office supplies. The only exception is when I have a last minute need for an unusual item and I have to resort to a big box store. If they don’t have the product you need on their shelf, you can order it in the catalog and it will usually be in there store within the next day or two.
Owen G. Dunn established his printing and office supply company in New Bern in 1902. Dunn’s family owned business has come a long way in the past 110 years! Last year, Dunn’s Office Solutions was renamed AlphaGraphics of New Bern and still falls under the purview of Owen G. Dunn Company, making it one of New Bern’s oldest local businesses.
Wondering why I changed printing companies for the Ledger? Before AlphaGraphics of New Bern opened in New Bern, I wanted to give local businesses a chance to provide the service. Prior to July 2011, Dunn’s was sending their print jobs to their Fayetteville, NC printing facility. Now, both locations have been consolidated into their new state-of-the-art printing facility located in New Bern.
I finally had the opportunity to visit Mike Linden, Vice President of Business Development for AlphaGraphics of New Bern’s Marketing and Communications Company, located on Trent Road before Christmas. Mike gave me the grand tour of their large, one-stop Printing, Office Supply, and Printelect Company!
We began the tour at the entrance of AlphaGraphics where you can find office supplies and visit their business center. You can use their equipment to make copies, fax documents, or the friendly staff will take care of your business needs for you! They can even print large event banners for you!
Our next stop was their large printing plant. They have an impressive old “Heidelberg Printing Machine” and large printing presses. Each has their own unique traits! From bulk-high quality products to specialized booklets, brochures, business cards, direct mailings, and numerous other printed materials. Everything they do depends on their customer’s needs and budget.
I was happy to see Guy McMahan was still their “go to” Graphic Artist. He was a tremendous asset to me when I first started the Ledger. I absolutely had no experience in the publishing or graphics field when I created the Ledger in April 2009 and he gave me tips and tricks to make it a successful product. Without his guidance, I may have given up on the project.
Mike Linden proudly expressed that he has a network of over 260 experts in design, print, mailing, digital archiving, and direct marketing solutions throughout the AlphaGraphics network that he can reach out to for additional sound advice when needed. Mike and his team hit the ground running and he said, “We are passionate about our customer’s success!”
Did I mention they provide: branding; direct, e-mail marketing, mobile, and online marketing, e-publications, business solutions, website design, and vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, to name some services? They are “data driven, results oriented and ready to leverage today’s technologies to grow your bottom line and increase your Return on Investment”. – taken from their website.
For more information, please visit AlphaGraphics at 3731 Trent Rd., New Bern, NC, 252-633-3199 or visit their website.
Thank you, Mike Linden and the AlphaGraphics Team for the Tour!
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