So, here I am with Sheldon, a very enthusiastic SGIA attendee. How are you doing today?
I’m doing awesome. We’re having a great time here at Atlanta.“ How long have you been participating with SGIA?
We got a plaque on the wall from 1989 with conventional red squeegee on the head instead of a bit of a retro piece, but we still keep it in the office. It’s kind of cool. “Fantastic. Tell me how the organization has benefited you and your company over the years?
It’s great to come to the shows. We’re maybe feeling a little bit isolated up there in Ontario, so to come here and to see what everybody’s doing. We get to network with some people in the industry that we’ve known for a long time. There’s a lot of consultants and tech people from the vendor community, and that sort of thing. So, it’s great to kind of see them all in one spot, and we’ve got a big list of questions to get answered during a couple of days, and it works out really well.
“Fantastic. And, during the rest of the year, how do you interact with the organization?
We’ve been to Fairfax. Fairfax has been up to see us. We do lots of the webinars and that sort of thing. Probably, our favorite SGIA thing is the assist, because you can call them or email them or fax them a question of the most random thing in the world, you know, looking for the needle in the haystack. And, usually within a couple hours, you get an email back with 4 or 5 avenues to pursue and in that, current contact information, and it just saves you ton of time, and they’re really connected in the industry, so it’s a huge help to us. “I’m actually laughing because, I have a LinkedIn group from production professionals and everytime somebody posts, ‘Okay. I’ve got a crazy project and I’m not really sure who can help me.’ And, I always respond, ‘I know someone who can help you.’ And, I quote Sandra in, and I don’t know, 20 minutes tops, there’s a list of vendors specifically related to the question, plus a link to the list of all their people who can help everybody out there. So, I agree with you that it’s a very handy organization to have.
This is really our go-to thing when we’re really looking for something a little bit out of the norms. There’s great resource. There’s great people. We’re friends with a lot of SGIA people and it’s great to see them all here. ‘Fantastic. So, what do you think the bigger trends are this year on the show floor?
Being kind of an old-school printer guy, some of the things here, some of the technologies, every year, you kind of get blown away by the advancement of the industry. But, we’re in a lot different markets and a lot of different things, so it’s kind of great to see how everything comes together here. And, you know, we’ve done with the same vendors and the same equipment suppliers and the same media companies forever, and they’ve kind of evolved in the same way that we have, so it’s a really good thing. “So, tell me a little bit about your company. Where do you work and what do you guys do.
We’ve been in business since 1982, so SGIA was one of the first kind of ways to get connected, I guess. We started out as screen printers. The company name is MitoGraphics, which is from the Greek mythos graphikos, which means drying with thread or screen printing. And, we have full digital capabilities. We got full-advanced finishing capabilities. We have waterjet and laser and fabrication and all that sort of thing. And, we tend to do, kind of, specialty work. We don’t do a lot of mainstream commodity jobs. We kind of look for the weird and wonderful, and that’s kind of where SGIA assistance is a huge asset for. “Absolutely. And, what’s your website, so people can learn more.
“Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it. Okay. Thanks. We’re going to go hit the floor. “Awesome.