‘Big Pete’ Colman, the founder and Managing Director of Classic Lines Plus Signs, which recently changed its name to Classic Print is celebrating 30 successful years in the sign and graphics sector.
The company, which has been a loyal Roland DG customer for over 24 years, purchased its first Roland plotter in the early 90s, but has continually updated its portfolio as new machines have come on board and has invested in a total of 16!
Looking back on the company’s development, Pete said: “We’ve really enjoyed working with all our customers and doing our bit to help fuel their growth too. This industry has changed so dramatically over the last three decades and, in many ways, Roland DG and Classic Print have a shared history of evolution that has been fuelled by wide format technology.”
Classic Print’s current hardware portfolio includes a VersaCAMM VS-640 wide format printer, a GX-300 cutter, an EGX-350 desktop engraver and a Metaza MPX-90 Impact Engraver.
Pete continued: “We must have done just about every possible job since we started, from wrapping matchbox-sized transit vans for a ‘buy one, get one free’ campaign, to wrapping beer pumps,plus everything in between, but I maintain that the most interesting job is always the one that comes next, as that’s what keeps you going!
Today, Classic Print offers a full range of printing services – from outdoor and indoor banners, flags and POS graphics to car wraps, garment personalisation, soft signage, personalised furniture and décor, 3D engraving and promotional products.
“Roland’s printers are very versatile and to showcase this to its full advantage we have recently opened a showroom to demonstrate our full range of applications and services to customers,” says Pete who goes on to add: “After 30 years, I still get huge satisfaction from seeing the things that we’ve created and we are still extending the range of printable products and services we can offer by integrating technologies such as variable data with print and cut.”
When asked what advice he give to companies just starting out, Pete declared: “I’ve always stuck by the old proverb: ‘The man who says it can’t be done must not get in the way of the man who is doing it’ – it’s served me well for the last 30 years, and I hope it will for the next 30 too!”