Expo 411: Leveraging PRINTING United for Rapid Growth
The PRINTING United Expo — October 18-20 in Atlanta — is quickly approaching, and attendees are gearing up for a week of learning, networking, and inspiration. As a lead-up to the Expo, we are sharing a series of Q&A interviews featuring attendees from a variety of backgrounds sharing why they are attending the PRINTING United Expo, what they hope to learn, and what excites them about the upcoming event.
Stan Valiulis, Owner
Interstate Graphics is a wide-format digital and screen printer based in Rockford, IL region. The business was started by a local family over 30 years ago and was acquired by Stan and Alison Valiulis in 2021.
Interstate Graphics offers advanced digital and screen-printing services on an extensive line of materials with multiple finishing capabilities. Its 36,000 square-foot-facility houses the latest printing technology which ensures quick turnaround and superior quality at the best value for our customers.
WFI: What made you decide to attend this year's Expo?
Valiulis: Being new to the printing industry, I felt it was important to get involved with as many events and learning opportunities as possible. We are also growing extremely quickly and we need the right partners to support our growth. Trade events like PRINTING United are a great way to quickly grow our vendor base and find out about new technologies.
WFI: For first-time attendees, what do you hope to learn at the Expo?
Valiulis: This will by my first Printing United. I am excited to see the latest technologies from printing vendors, learn about adjacent business opportunities, and grow our vendor base.
WFI: What products, brands, or services are you most looking forward to seeing?
Valiulis: I am excited to find new material vendors and applications. Specifically, more sustainable options to our current rigid offerings. We are very interested in automation as well, so we are hoping to find some vendors specializing in simplifying our processes and reducing touches.
WFI: How do you plan and make the most of your time at the Expo?
Valiulis: I will research the floor plan for some key vendors that I would like to see prior to attending but I think allowing some room for the unexpected will be important.
WFI: How do you hope attending will impact your business/career moving forward?
Valiulis: Building a foundation of great vendors is an important part of our early tenure at Interstate Graphics. We have put a major focus on vendor relationships as this will allow us to sustain our growth rate.
Denise Gustavson is the Editorial Director and Special Projects Editor for the Printing & Packaging Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePRINTING, In-plant Graphics and Wide-Format Impressions magazines, among other brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wide-Format Impressions.