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Farmville Printing holds open house

In an effort to spread awareness about its location change and new services offered to the community, Farmville Printing’s new owner held an open house Wednesday for the community.

The event, held at the business’ new location at 717 East Third St., included tours of the facility, hot dogs and hamburgers served by Farmville Printing and Kinex Telecom, Inc. employees and raffling prizes.

Jim Garrett, the new owner of Farmville Printing and current owner of Kinex Telecom, said he and Kinex had a working relationship with Farmville Printing before hearing the news of Farmville Printing’s announced closure.

Garrett said he stepped in to purchase the company, relocating it to Kinex Telecom’s site on East Third Street.

“As you look around, you can see (the employees) produce a great product,” Garrett said, “and we need it so much in the community.”

Kinex and Farmville Printing now operate in the same building. A garage on the outside of the facility stores the machine that prints envelopes and folders.

Anthony Demarco, a sign specialist with Farmville Printing, originally owned Antscape Photography and FarmvilleSigns.com but currently helps support Farmville Printing’s new printing abilities.

The wide-format printer the company recently purchased can create banners up to 64 inches wide, posters, wall clingers or posters that can stick to the walls, along with T-shirts.

“It’s top of the line,” Demarco said about the printer, offering an example of a high-quality banner the company can print.

“(Farmville Printing) called me up, I needed another job and now I’m here printing the signs,” Demarco said.

Jon Marken, a graphic designer who also edits publications, said the close proximity to Farmville Printing and Kinex has allowed Farmville Printing to accumulate more connections in the community.

“There are more commonalities between the two businesses than many realize,” Marken said, noting that his graphic design experience also expands into web design. “It’s been really good being here,” Marken said.

Garrett purchased Farmville Printing on May 1.