Print Shop Has New Owners, New Site

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Printing by George, which has been a printing fixture in Payson for years, is now under new ownership. Tom and Micheale Franey and their family bought the business in December and opened it in a new location.

The print shop was formerly on the north side of Sawmill Crossing, it is now on the east side, next to the theater.

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Printing by George is now a Franey family operation. Tom and Micheale Franey (back row, center) are the new owners and have moved to Suite E at Sawmill Crossing. The rest of the family operation includes, front, from left, Michael, Caden and Kayliea, Stevie, at left rear; and Shellie, at right rear.

Tom and Micheale Franey moved to Payson from central California for their son's health.

Their daughter, Shellie, who helps them run the print shop, has lived in town for two years with her husband, Jason Landers, who grew up here.

"We love the small town feel," Tom said.

Living in California, he had to drive 45 minutes to get to his work; here it is a three-minute trip.

"And the change in our son has been incredible," Micheale said.

"I think he's grown more than three inches since we moved here."

Neither Tom nor Micheale has a background in printing, but their experience in other fields translates well. Micheale comes from the graphic arts field and Tom worked in mechanical engineering.

"We like the business," Micheale said.

"And we are extremely busy," Tom added.

"That's true, we certainly aren't lacking for things to do," Micheale said. "We're constantly surprised, but they've been pleasant surprises."

Tom said they have not encountered any printing jobs they could not handle. There have been challenges, but none they could not overcome.

The main challenge has been the size of the jobs.

They have had quite a few big jobs to handle, a few on short notice -- such as inserts people wanted to put in the Payson Roundup.

In addition to moving the business, which doubled the workspace, the Franeys have expanded the services offered at Printing by George. They have enhanced the announcement business and the large format printing (for such things as blueprints) and have introduced a means to archive blueprints and scan documents.

"My graphics are a lot different from what was offered before," Micheale said. She is able to do custom work for clients with her graphics background.

Among the more recent custom work: Bookmarks for bridal showers, weddings, baby announcements and funerals, and calendars.

The couple will be adding another color printer to their inventory of equipment at the end of this week.

Printing by George is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Services offered include: Black and white, and color copies, business cards, graphic design, photo scanning, carbonless forms, stock cutting, laminating, custom letterhead, custom envelopes, photo enhancement, form design, full-color brochures, door hangers, postcards and more.

They are willing to discuss other types of projects on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, call (928) 472-3169 or e-mail sales@printingbg.com.

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