In 1989 Michael Tarpinian was just 27 when he opened his print shop in Rolling Meadows Illinois. Lack of experience would not discourage him as the entrepreneurial spirit ran in his family. Tarpinian embraced a vision for his printing business that was different from more established competitors. “I told other printers I wanted to run a printing press from my computer and they looked at me like I was crazy” said Tarpinian. In less than a decade his Allegra Marketing, Print and Mail franchise became a leader in digital printing services in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Fast-forward to 2020 where Tarpinian continues to promote innovation and invest in cutting edge technologies providing clients with high quality digital four-color and black-and white printing, as well as other services. To meet customer demand, and better complete in the ever changing business environment, Allegra’s capabilities expanded exponentially. Tarpinian’s once tiny shop offers the latest variable-data mailing, custom and large format printing, signage, marketing solutions, graphic design and a vast number of customized promotional products. With improved on-line ordering, clients can place orders more quickly and even design their own printed pieces utilizing 1000s of professional designed templates.
Environmental stewardship has always taken center stage at Allegra. The company has reduced its use of hazardous materials, initiated recycling efforts and launched the “Print/Replant” program. For every sheet of paper printed Allegra provides a donation to replant our nation’s forests. In this way, Allegra’s clients are also helping the environment.
One thing that has not changed in over 30 years is Tarpinian’s commitment to customer service. “I’ve been fortunate to build many solid relationships with local businesses, schools and charities and have ultimately become an extension of their business. Our relationships differentiate us from our competition, as much as our work. Even with the competition using computers” said Tarpinian.