About Group Imaging
Group Imaging is an under 20 employee company (Incorporated in 1996) that is led by the owners, Jeff and Charlotte Burris with a philosophy that always asks how would they want to be treated as a customer. If you look around the website you will notice that a lot of our customer work shown is from churches, ministries and colleges. Jeff and Charlotte spent their first 10 years after college as fulltime pastor and wife in local churches. This has caused them to identify with customers who they can identify with and have sought to keep in their minds to treat the customer as if it were them. This is taught from the top down to treat customers the way that they would want to be treated.
Group Imaging started out as a photo lab in the mid 90's producing 8x10 group photos for 200 youth camps nation wide, printing almost 200,000 8x10's each summer. Today they continue that business but it has become overshadowed by their development of wide format graphic printing, design and in-house fabrication of displays, stands and exhibits.
Technology allowed Group Imaging to go from making 5ft wide graphics in the late 90's to 8ft wide and now unlimited dimensions (a 54x23ft stage backdrop comes to mind). Today they print on vinyl banner, cloth, and even on rigid wood and plastic substrates. Printing on cloth, using the dye sublimation process, has become a staple at Group Imaging. Dye Sub printing is a little more complicated than the typical banner printing sign shop is capable of doing. Dye Sub requires printing on a wide format (up to 8ft wide roll) donor paper (in a mirror image of the final product) and then processing that printed paper through a 10ft wide roll to roll 400 degree heat press that heats the paper, ink and the white cloth so that the ink becomes a gas (sublimates) and dyes the fabric. The resultant fabric has no feel of the vibrant colors of ink that are now on it (they are not laying on the surface of the cloth but are truly dyed into the fabric). The full color printed fabric is so color fast that you can machine wash the fabric at this point. The fabrics chosen can range from poplin to spandex to felt to fleece even to carpet. With the ability to make larger and larger graphics came the need and expansion of fabrication abilities at Group Imaging to make all kinds of hardware to fit those graphics on.
Almost 50% of the shop area (15,000 sqft) is dedicated to making the hardware that Group Imaging proudly puts their graphics on. Seldom does Group Imaging ship a stand with a graphic print that was not made in house. They are truly a Made in America company from start to finish (more accurately , Made in Mesa, AZ). Today Group Imaging, aside from it's original group photo printing in the summer, specializes in making portable displays. It does not make much sense to sell a banner without having a way to present it at your location. Printing banners on vinyl and on cloth is only the beginning. Group Imaging utilizes it's fabrication ability to make stands and portable display/exhibit hardware to facilitate ways to present customer graphics. Their fabrication shop works mostly with aluminum extrusions and tubing to build these presentation products. Aluminum tubing from 3/8" to 2" can be fabricated to make displays that stand 16ft in the air and as wide 40ft or more and still be collapsible/portable/shippable and usually set up with no tools at all. Every day we get a request to make something we have never made before and that keeps us going.