GCI Digital Imaging
Grand format printing
Contact us: 513-521-7446
No job too big or small GCI does it ALL!
GCI was born out of a long heritage of printers. Tom Bedacht’s grandfather and his great aunt started it all in 1928 by forming a company called Spee-D Letter Service. It consisted of a typewriter and a mimeographing machine. Located in two small rooms in the old Palace Theatre Building on Sixth Street in downtown Cincinnati, they practiced their trade for companies large and small. Some of the clients were Kroger, Fechheimer Bros. Uniforms, Cincinnati Terminal Warehouse, and The Hebrew Union College.
In 1945 Casper Bedacht, Tom’s grandfather purchased his sister’s half of the tiny business and struck out on his own. Recalling having to move his company to the Coney Island Building at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets, he said that he moved the whole company in the backseat and trunk of his car, in one load.
In 1952 Casper moved Spee-D to a loft location on the Becker Building at the corner of Seventh and Sycamore Streets, still in downtown Cincinnati, and expanded his business to include doing “hand work” for greeting card companies. Such work included gluing feathers and other objects on the greeting cards. In 1956 the business was again expanded with the winning of a contract with Emery Industries, Sanitone Drycleaning Division. Picking and packing point of sale material along with advertising material and custom shipping those items to the various Sanitone franchises.
Since many of the advertising items required the Sanitone franchise “imprint” of their particular store location and telephone number, Casper decided that he needed to install letterpress printing presses to accomplish this task. He purchased a small printing company and hired its owner to run the “letterpress department.”
During the summers between grades in high school, Casper’s son Jerry worked for
Spee-D delivering orders in the downtown area on a bicycle. Since most of Spee-D’s customers were in the downtown area in those days, a bicycle made for a great delivery vehicle. Jerry befriended the manager of the “letterpress department’, and soon was learning how to hand set type and help run the letterpress printing presses.
After high school, Jerry attended college for one year and then went to work in the shop fulltime. In 1962, a good friend of Casper’s and also a customer of Spee-D’s passed away suddenly. Although Casper was only 57 at the time, the death of his friend caused him to think of his own mortality and on January 1, 1963, sold Spee-D to Jerry and LeRoy Stoffer, Jerry’s father-in law.
Spee-D remained status quo during the sixties increasing the amount of sales of “offset printing”, and decreasing the amount of mailing and hand work that Spee-D had become known in and around the Cincinnati area for. In 1972, LeRoy Stoffer suffered a heart attack and it was decided that he should retire. At this point, Jerry, Casper’s son became the sole owner of Spee-D. The name was changed to Spee-D Letter Printing and Litho.
In 1975 a 20,000 square foot building was purchased on Florence Avenue in Cincinnati, and the business was moved to that location. The name was changed again to Ohio Valley LithoColor, Inc. This was done to better reflect the type of business that the company was doing. By this time the Company had grown to about 25 employees with annual sales of approximately $450,000. During the next 5 years, growth continued, and employees were added, a sales force was established and as 1980 rolled around, sales had reached $1,900,000.
Again, growth forced Ohio Valley to purchase a 13,000 square foot building next door on Florence Avenue. A “five color web” offset printing press was purchased. This was a very high risk for a company with less than $2,000,000 in sales because that one press alone cost almost $1,000,000. Jerry was never one to be faint of heart when it came to spending money, (the bank’s money) to expand the business.
Fortunately, business flourished and in 1985, Jerry moved Ohio Valley to an 82,000 square foot plant in the industrial park on Industrial Road in Florence Kentucky. As Jerry’s sons graduated from school they became members of the Ohio Valley team. All three, Tom, Steve, and Jon worked at the plant. That plant was expanded by 27,000 square feet in 1987 and more presses were added at that time. In 1990, a new 5 color full size web press was installed at a cost of a little over $5,000,000. With sales of just over $21,000,000 in 1991, the family decided that it was time to cash in and when an offer from the Neilsen family came along, it was decided to sell Ohio Valley.
Today, the Ohio Valley plant is still in operation, having been expanded several times, and is now part of RR Donnely Company, the largest printer in the world.
In 1992, Tom left what was then the Ohio Valley plant and started a large format printing business that is now known as GCI Digital Imaging. Serving a market that requires small quantities of full color point of purchase materials and the like, GCI is a leader in cutting edge technology.
The fourth generation of printers is now getting his feet wet with printing ink, as TJ, Tom’s son, is now part of the GCI team. Since 1928, the Bedacht family has been serving printing needs for first the Cincinnati area, then the nation from the Cincinnati area.
TJ and his father Tom had continued to build GCI Digital Imaging into a leader providing vinyl banners, wraps, wall murals, posters and other point of purchase materials to printers, agencies, event companies and big brand companies throughout the US. In order to ensure quality production and high levels of customer service GCI has designed and launched a custom work flow system that begins with placing the order on-line or via one of our dedicated service reps.
7613 Hamilton Ave.
Mt. Healthy,OH 45231
Window Film- Use your window space to enhance brand image, promote a product or deliver a custom message. Full color window graphics are a natural for retail windows, skyway displays, airports. With perforated window film, you can view the graphic from the outside and have a clear view out from the inside. Standard vinyl window film allows you to create a vibrant, colorful graphic that can be viewed from the outside.
Banners- Big full color banners get noticed. Printed on 13 oz. banner vinyl, these banners will meet your short or long term promotional plans.GCI prints full color, so you are not limited in your design. Photographic images, text and design grab an audience for your message.
Vehicle Graphics- Think of fleet graphics as a moving billboard with a warranty!Design a larger than life graphic that lets your name out in front of potential customers and leaves a lasting impression. In one year, a single truck can make over 10 million impressions. Fleet graphics are the most cost effective form of advertising you can buy.
Floor Graphics- FloorMinder graphics create the WOW factor in unexpected places. Find an exciting new medium for your message... the floor! FloorMinders are slip resistant, easy to apply, easy to remove and leave surfaces completely unharmed. Check out the new Outdoor Sidewalk graphics. Take your message outdoors where it's never been seen before.
Wall Murals- Communicate your image with enough impact to reach your target audience again and again. Get the graphics and the message you want with full color murals for your office, store, stadium or arena. Murals grab attention on construction barriers, real estate projects and trade shows too. Interior design takes on a new look. Create your own custom wallpaper using photographic images or a creative design. Perfect for retail settings, doctor's offices, or any environment. Applies easily to walls with standard wallpaper paste.
Posters- Full color photographic images or designs deliver your message effectively. Use posters as presentation pieces, POP graphics or hang on a wall to make a lasting impression. Printed at high resolution, short and long term laminating and finishing options are available. Mounting options include foamcore, sintra, styrene, plex or other substrates to meet your needs. We'll add grommets or custom cut the graphic to your specifications.
Tradeshow- Let GCI help you plan the most eye-catching and cost effective trade show graphics. Rollable, rigid, attached to the wall or in a stand, we can advise you on the best way to showcase your graphics.Life-size standees, easels and backlits are also available. Ask about our new 'window shade" exhibits that are easily transportable and a snap to set up.
In House Graphic Designers
Custom routing/ die cutting
Digital/ ink jet
To partner with our clients in providing large format printing solutions by satisfying their needs and desires with an emphasis on quality, consistency and service. Delivery expectations and the efficient use of our resources will return a fair profit and enable GCI to build loyal and mutually beneficial relationships with employees, suppliers and our purpose for existing for existing.
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For your convenience you can upload your files directly to our FTP server. This is our preferred way to receive files via the internet. We prefer that you don't send print files via email. Please call and notify us of any files that you upload.
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Use the information that is listed above as well.
Upon entering in the FTP server click the browse button to search your hard drive for the file you would like to upload. If you have multiple files for your job, stuff or zip them into one document.
For security reasons we cannot allow you to view or remove your files once they have been uploaded. You will see an UPLOAD COMPLETE message when your file is has finished uploading.
For frequent customers we can set you up with a personal folder. We realize that security is very important to our clients and have made our FTP site to meet our customers concerns.
We are located in the Cincinnati,Ohio area. Cross Streets: Between Compton Rd and McMakin Ave!
7613 Hamilton Ave.
Mt. Healthy,OH 45231
We specialize in digital printing with the latest in printing technology. Our machines are profiled to print accurately and with fine detail all while maintaining a low cost for you.
Meets customers demands, for faster delivery of high-quality banners.
Provides a longer life span for banners for the future.
Provides weather resistant banners.