The need for a showroom and expanded space motivated a Denver businessman to open a second location.
Jack Funk, owner of A-2-Z Promotional Products, opened A-2-Z Solutions via a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
â€œWe were outgrowing the current location on N.C. 16,â€ said Funk on Tuesday. â€œWe didnâ€™t have a showroom to speak of at the office, so we couldnâ€™t show people what we do.â€
Funk searched for the new location for about the last year.
The location not only helps Funk expand A-2-Z Promotional Products, the United States Postal Service is served by the new location as well.
A-2-Z Solutions is what Funk calls a â€œpostal convenience center.â€
â€œOpening here has enabled us to be a post office substation,â€ said Funk. â€œWe handle everything except bulk mail. We also donâ€™t have any post office boxes here.â€
Funk said people can leave mail to be delivered, as mail leaves A-2-Z solutions at 6:30 p.m. everyday on the way to Charlotte.
The opening of the new Denver location marked the third expansion of Funkâ€™s business.
First, he purchased a rubber stamp company out of Rock Hill, S.C., in 1999. Four years later, he purchased a trophy company.
The company started offering advertising specialties, which are items such as pads and pens that logos and business names can be placed on.
Funk said through a process called sublimation, almost anything can have a business name or logo placed on it.
The process takes ink and, when heated, is vaporized, becoming part of the material itâ€™s on.
The ink is vaporized by placing the item in a press for 40 seconds at a temperature of 440 degrees Fahrenheit.
While sublimation work is sent away to be done by other businesses, Funk said it can be done in-house with a quick turnaround time of usually 24 hours or less.
â€œPeople like personalized things,â€ said Funk. â€œDemand for this service is high. Weâ€™re getting calls from as far away as Newton and Hickory.â€
Funk said he planned on keeping both locations open, using the original location for the offices and workspace and the new location for a showroom.
Funk said he considersboth A-2-Z Promotional Products and A-2-Z Solutions two problem-solving companies.
â€œWe try to offer solutions for the many needs of business,â€ said Funk. â€œWe have products here from A to Z. Thatâ€™s how I came up with the name.â€
Funk started A-2-Z Promotional Products out of his Denver home in 1997 after being with Lipton for nearly 20 years.
A-2-Z Solutions is located next to Mighty Dollar on N.C. 16. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays.A-2-Z Promotional Products is also located on N.C. 16 near the Catawba/Lincoln County line. Hours of operation at that site are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.For more information call (704) 483-0198.
by Jon Mayhew