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The Right Questions


In Real Estate they say it’s all about Location, Location, Location.  Well, in Screen and Digital Printing it’s all about Application, Application, Application.  Knowing how the product is going to be used is absolutely critical to the proper selection of elements – substrates, ink systems, adhesives, protective laminates, etc. On any given job there are lots of variables.  If your print vendors aren’t asking you questions about how your print job will be used, Stop!  Do not pass go.  They are not the right printer. At Cole Graphic Solutions we are all about the questions!  We’ve got 85 years in…

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Expand Your Brand


A brand is science and psychology wrapped up in a memorable mark – a valuable asset and a promise. Your brand will outlive your products, so establishing your brand and conveying a consistent message is of the utmost importance. Branding is no easy feat. Cole Graphic Solutions respects those who have created and built strong brands. We appreciate the opportunities to help advance your brand. Our job is to help you reproduce an already established brand in a way that fits the environment and exposures to wear – the correct choice of materials, ink, over-laminates, adhesives, and finishing processes to promote durable…

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Supporting Tacoma Youth For Christ


Have you seen cool, large graphics on bus or store windows and thought, “doesn’t that block their view from the inside out?” The trick to making it work is Perforated Window Vinyl. Imagine pressure sensitive vinyl (sticker material) that is white on the outside and black on the inside and has thousands of tiny holes punched through it. We print a graphic on the white side, adhere it to the window, and now you have a killer marketing message on the outside that sells your product and tells your story. But, what do you see from the inside? The same…

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United Way Day of Caring


At Cole Graphic Solutions, giving back is in our blood. Each year, the United Way, a nation wide non-profit organization, challenges individuals and businesses to participate in the United Way Day of Caring. Our team is passionate about our community and giving back in every way that we can, so participating in the United Way Day of Caring through the United Way of Pierce County office at the Hilltop House was a no brainer. We got a little dirty, shared some good laughs, but best of all, we worked as a team to make a difference right in our own community! The Hilltop House community…

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What Flavor Is Your Party?


At Cole Graphic Solutions, we love a fun party – good food, laughter and games have always been a big part of our culture and provide fun opportunities to strengthen relationships outside of the workplace. We’re always looking for creative ways to make our gatherings interesting, so for this year’s Summer Picnic, we decided some segregation was in order. The guys went one way and the girls went another.  That was a first! Which party was more fun? Well, that’s up for debate!  The girls got to sip margaritas, enjoy gourmet tacos and spend a relaxing afternoon hanging out around the…

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As businesses around Pierce County overcome the uphill economic battle that began in 2007, our very own co-owner, Stacey Ogle, finds herself climbing some hills of her own.  Stacey is participating, for the first time, in the 23rd Annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour on August 2nd through the 4th to help end the cycle of child abuse in our community by pedaling “for the kids.” The Courage Classic Bicycle Tour is a three day, 173-mile bike tour over three mountain passes; Snoqualmie, Blewett and Stevens Pass. This spectacular fundraising event supports the Rotary Endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. This…

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Introducing The New Pumpskins.com


After months of brainstorming, research, design and development, we are excited to introduce the new pumpskins website. We believe that smart branding is critical to running a successful business and the new pumpskins.com demonstrates the value we place in our work. We invite you to take a look! For those of you who may not know, 20 years ago, Cole Graphic Solutions unveiled a new product called pumpskins to the public. Pumpskins are the world’s first durable, scratch-resistant plastic overlays that wrap around specific coffee or tea dispensers. Whether permanent or removable, they are custom die cut to fit coffee or tea equipment…

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Recognizing other people may be easy, but telling one fish apart from another is nearly impossible. Tagging fish in some way is the only real way we can do this. Northwest Marine Technology, a Washington-based company that specializes in implant tags for aquatic species, wanted to develop a tag that required manufacturing processes beyond their own capabilities. Geraldine Vander Haegan, a research biologist from the company, had the following requirements: “This unique tag would be injected into a fish, but could be seen through the fish’s skin. The tag had to be tiny (just 1 millimeter wide by 2 millimeters…

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how many words is a reproduction of a beautiful historical poster worth? Since 1973, Doug Leen has been working to tell the story of posters that disappeared from history for over 30 years. WPA Posters: A Brief History After the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the New Deal with the goal of helping Americans get back to work. Among many organizations that the New Deal helped establish, the Works Progress Administration (renamed the Works Projects Administration in 1939; WPA) employed more than 8 million people. A fraction of the WPA’s budget…

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A New Machine with Endless Possibilities


We are pleased to announce the arrival of a Colex Sharpcut Digital Flatbed Cutter! The Sharpcut fully integrates a digital cutting table into a short-run production system. This machine has the precise technology needed to cut a wide variety of wide format substrates with a clean edge; and it can serve clients requiring mechanized knife cutting, creasing, and routing operations. The machine is extremely versatile – offering different router and knife attachments to provide the finished cuts that make your product stand out. By using an advanced cutting table and precise X-Y movement, this machine is capable of cutting sheet…

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