Logan Business Machines, which got its start in Topeka in the 1970s, celebrated the grand opening of its second capital-city location Friday.
The new location, at 5633 S.W. 21st St., is titled LBM Solutions. It will specialize in marketing and signage, according to Chris Martin, LBM executive vice president and partner. The store opening also resulted in three new hires for the company.
"We opened LBM Solutions to really be able to help our current clients that we have on the copier side be able to manage their marketing materials," Martin said. "We do business cards, banners, signs, vehicle graphics. Anything that deals with marketing for your company, we'll be producing right here."
Family-owned LBM has traditionally been an office equipment supply company. The LBM team decided to venture into marketing solutions about six months ago.
"It's brand new for us," Martin said. "We've been in the copier side of stuff, the office equipment, since 1972."
Martin and LBM President Chad Logan said the new offerings were established to meet clients' demands.
"You'd be surprised how often over the last 10 years we'd get asked if we do stuff like this," Logan said.
Martin added LBM Solutions is currently about "three weeks out" on jobs. He said LBM expects to run around 200 projects a month out of the new store.
"A project could be a thousand business cards or three street signs," Martin said, "so quite a bit of volume coming out."
Kim Redeker, vice president of resource development for the Greater Topeka Partnership, attended Friday's grand opening. She said LBM "makes a difference."
"They have been a great partner for the Greater Topeka Partnership," Redeker said. "We do utilize their services, and they help with a lot of our printer and copier needs, which has been great."
Redeker added she has seen LBM give back to the community it calls home.
"I do know, on a personal note for them, that they do give back to the community and try to do a lot of things," she said. "It makes a difference. We're just glad to be able to come out and be a part of their celebration at their new location. Like they mentioned — they've been able to bring on some new positions, which is great. We're glad that they're continuing to grow."
Martin said LBM will also have a third location opening in Hays near the end of September. That store will initially focus on copiers, printers and office equipment as it transitions into marketing and signage solutions.
"Anything you can put your name on — we do it," Martin said. "From big to little — there's no quantity or stipulation, so you don't have to order 10,000 of one thing. If a small company comes in and wants 25 stickers, we can do that. If another company comes in and wants 25,000, we can do that, too."