Craftsmen Industries Acquires GDS Retail and Display Graphics

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Nov. 23, 2020 - PRLog -- Craftsmen Industries finalized the investment in and acquisition of all GDS Retail and Display Graphics assets, gaining new capabilities and special equipment to double production speed and increase quality of large format printing.

More than seven pieces of new equipment moved to the Craftsmen facility in Saint Charles, Missouri. Extensive white ink printing, UV liquid coating, commercial image framing, heat bending and digital routing capabilities came along with the new technology. Craftsmen can now produce architectural signage and high-quality graphics faster, more efficiently at higher volumes and with lower costs. The company expanded its production footprint by converting storage space to production space.

"Both companies were built on innovation, constantly seeking best methods and consistent in new printing and production frontiers. Our legacies fit together perfectly. Our strength in graphics and customization complement each other even better." Mark Steele, Craftsmen Industries Co-Owner and CEO said. "We are very excited to advance our graphics capabilities with even quicker project turnaround times and new product offerings. We plan to introduce our full print and installation abilities to new markets, while our existing customers are already benefitting from the additions."

"I've always believed that attention to the smallest details yields the biggest results," Harvey Meister, Founder of GDS said. "Keeping all production in-house is critical to exceed all expectations. I'm proud to see my company become a part of Craftsmen, a team that does it all, from large format printing to metal fabrication, 3D routing and woodworking."

BranDecor, a brand of GDS, will continue to serve the architectural and commercial interior design markets with print and project management proficiencies of Craftsmen. The market will see a complete portfolio of retail point-of-purchase signage, marketing support programs, corporate branding, complete branded environments, museum exhibits and more. Meister will act as an advisor introducing Craftsmen to existing vendor and customer partnerships. He will also aid in pursuing new industry relationships.

About Craftsmen Industries, Inc.
Craftsmen Industries has been the market leader of design, engineering and fabrication of custom industrial mobile solutions, experiential marketing vehicles and large-format graphics for nearly 40 years. Its 127,000 square foot facility in St. Charles, MO houses 180 skilled team members across fields including engineering and design, welding, 3D fabrication, electrical, plumbing, paint, and G7 Master Printing. Craftsmen follows ISO 9001:2015 certified processes to provide customers with best-in-class quality, service, and speed. To learn more, visit

About GDS Retail and Display Graphics
GDS Retail and Display Graphics is one of the pioneers of the large format digital print industry and has continued to hone the craft since 1997. Roll-to-roll and direct-to-substrate printing is finished with cutting, coating, assembly, kitting and shipping for best graphics results. To learn more, visit


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