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LexJet History

LEXJET HISTORY

A History of Innovations

LexJet has been serving the digital-printing community since 1994 when many photo labs, reprographers, quick printers, prepress service bureaus, sign makers, and other companies first started to explore the many different ways they could use wide-format color inkjet printers and other digital-printing technologies.  These early adopters of wide-format inkjet printers encountered all sorts of aggravating problems because they lacked clear guidance about which combinations of materials were compatible and suitable for different types of applications.

So, LexJet was established to provide solutions.  From the start, we’ve been committed to helping business owners better understand the truth about what works and what doesn’t.  And by listening to the concerns of our customers, we’ve developed and tested scores of innovative products designed to improve quality and increase efficiency.  Our customers regard us as trusted advisers and problem-solvers.

As the demand for imaging products and services continues to shift, LexJet remains a reliable resource for practical advice on creating products for emerging new markets such as custom décor.

Company Milestones

1994:

 

LexJet was founded by Ron Simkins and Art Lambert, two entrepreneurial senior executives in the computer industry. They started out selling LexJet Clear, an innovative, polycarbonate-based film for the protection of inkjet-printed graphics.  Customers are now able to improve production efficiencies by eliminating steps in producing durable trade show graphics.

1996:

 

LexJet starts using internal computer systems to track and compare problems and solutions for the wide variations in hardware, software, inks, laminators, and materials being used in the new field of large-format digital printing.  Customers can now benefit from the experiences of other users to accelerate the learning process by eliminating most common causes of printing issues.

2000:

 

LexJet announces a free helpline for the industry.  Over 15,000 customers benefit in the first year.

2000:

 

LexJet named 175 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing, privately held companies.

2001:

 

LexJet expands beyond the print-for-pay graphics market and into the digital photographic printing community.  Photographers struggling with the complexities of digital color printing can now get solutions and support. 

2001:

 

LexJet named 48 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing, privately held companies.

2004:

 

LexJet expands its distribution network to six locations giving customers 2-3 day ground delivery anywhere in the US.

2006:

 

LexJet acquires Sone Systems in southern California expanding its distribution network to ten locations.  Customers now get access to over 6,000 products, 1-2 day ground anywhere in the US.

2006:

 

LexJet is named Technology Company of the Year by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota for our company’s dedication to corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility, company growth, innovative achievements and market expansion.

2006:

 

LexJet forms the Bottling Group to focus on beverage wholesaler and bottling customers who need help producing point-of-sale signage for thousands of retail establishments across the US.

2007:

 

LexJet produces a nationwide Great Output Tour to help thousands of photographers and fine art reproducers make printing more profitable.

2008:

 

LexJet unveils its Complimentary Assessment Program to help wide-format customers find ways to improve quality, lower costs, boost efficiency, and decrease waste.

2009:

 

LexJet named one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in Florida recognizing our efforts to enhance the experience of our employees and customers.

2010:

 

LexJet named one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay.

2011:

 

LexJet moves to new state-of-the-art offices in Sarasota, Fla., designed to bring LexJet employees closer to their customers through intelligent design and fly-by-wire technology integration.

2011:

 

LexJet expands its Nationwide Delivery Network to 15 with the addition of distribution centers in Charlotte, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Portland.

2011:

 

LexJet named one of the Best Companies To Work For in Florida by Florida Trend magazine for the third year in a row.

2012:

 

LexJet adds SEWP and GSA Schedule 70 Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), providing government agencies with easier access to LexJet's wide format inkjet products, customer support services and its Nationwide Delivery Network.

2012:

 

LexJet acquires On a Roll Color Imaging of Orange, Calif., providing On A Roll Color Imaging customers with an expanded portfolio of digital imaging products.

2012:

 

LexJet named one of the Best Companies To Work For in Florida by Florida Trend magazine for the fourth year in a row.

2012:

 

LexJet has its contract extended to be a preferred print shop supplier for MillerCoors distributor print shops through 2017.

2013:

 

LexJet named one of the Best Companies To Work For in Florida Trend magazine for the fifth year in a row, moving up to 10th from 13th in the midsized companies category.

Product Milestones

1999:

 

LexJet is the first company to break the $100 per roll price barrier for high quality, resin-coated photo paper.  Customers are able to lower their total cost of producing quality graphics on photo paper.

2000:

 

LexJet introduces an entire line of waterproof products designed for cross printer and ink platform applications.  Customers can now produce outdoor graphics utilizing their large format printer.

2001:

 

LexJet introduces DisplayFlex, a co-polymer trade show laminate that eliminates industry wide problems associated with producing exhibit graphics.

2003:

 

LexJet licenses PreLume technology that brings a visible difference in digital graphic output.  Customers can now produce whiter, brighter and longer lasting images.

2005:

 

LexJet enters replacement ink aftermarket offering customers a true OEM compatible solution.

2006:

 

LexJet launches Sunset line of products giving customers an alternative to OEM products for fine art and photographic reproduction.

2008:

 

LexJet’s Sunset Photo and Fine Art products win PPA’s Hot One Awards.

2009:

 

LexJet announces the industry’s first sustainable banner program giving customers an avenue to recycle printed banners into consumer products.

2011:

 

LexJet launches the wide format printing industry's first fully transportable graphic, Avatrex, which is an inkjet print medium, laminate and adhesive all in one conformable material.

2012:

 

General Binding Corporation (GBC) selects LexJet as a reseller of its laminating and binding products, including laminates and coatings, mounting adhesives, laminators, backers and binding equipment and supplies.

2013:

 

LexJet tapped as the exclusive U.S. distributor of DigiPrime primers and Utopia Digital Coatings designed for HP Indigo digital presses.

2013:

 

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) certified Avatrex Transportable Imaging Technology from LexJet for HP Indigo presses.

2013:

 

LexJet and Tara Materials Inc., Lawrenceville, Ga., entered into a partnership whereby LexJet is the exclusive distributor of Tara Materials' Fredrix Print Canvas line.

2013:

 

LexJet named the exclusive North American distributor of GAPP Engineering's Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.

2013:

 

A panel of judges made up of professional photographers selected LexJet Sunset Production Matte Canvas and Sunset Fibre Rag for 2013 Hot One Awards.