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A-2-Z expands in Denver

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.
“We were outgrowing the current location on N.C. 16,” said Funk on Tuesday. “We didn’t have a showroom to speak of at the office, so we couldn’t show people what we do.”
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 “postal convenience center.”
“Opening here has enabled us to be a post office substation,” said Funk. “We handle everything except bulk mail. We also don’t have any post office boxes here.”
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 Funk’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 it’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.
“People like personalized things,” said Funk. “Demand for this service is high. We’re getting calls from as far away as Newton and Hickory.”
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.
“We try to offer solutions for the many needs of business,” said Funk. “We have products here from A to Z. That’s how I came up with the name.”
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

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