Celebrating our 50th Year!

July 18th, 2014

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Fifty years is a long time and being in business for 50 years is quite an accomplishment. Just ask Jim Hoover, owner of Hoover Printing, which celebrates its 50th year in business and one of Costa Mesa’s first commercial printing companies. There are not many of the original business owners left and sadly the number of private shopkeepers has dwindled to just a few. Starting a new business in 1964 at the age of 26 Jim Hoover devoted himself to hard work and 18 hour long days to become established. Working with the philosophy that if you give an excellent product at reasonable prices a business should succeed, Hoover Printing has lived by that philosophy and kept abreast of the printing trade by always investing in new technology.

The printing technology of the early sixties for Hoover Printing was mostly letterpress using Linotype and handset moveable type. The Multi-Lith offset presses were added in 1964 and the business was off and running. Pasting up lines of text that a Compu-Graphic machine would process and produce was the extent of pre-press in those days. Then the pasted-up art was taken to a camera in the dark room where a plate was made by shooting the pasted-up art and developing film to use in burning a plate that would then go on the press. Eventually Hoover acquired a platemaking system that simplified that process going directly from computer to plate. We then made the move to add digital printing about eleven years ago with an HP Indigo 1000. Change may not always come easy, but it is often the best way to fulfill customer needs and maintain steady growth. We’ve never striven to be the biggest guy on the block, but a few years back we traded in our HP Indigo to the latest 3500 model. It’s always been about serving our customers. We realized we were missing out on addressing customers’ short- to medium-run needs. After evaluating different options, we chose the HP Indigo 3500 press for its short-run capabilities, exceptional quality and fast turnaround times. Also, since the HP Indigo press can output an instant proof on a variety of papers there’s less chance for a mistake or error in the final output; that’s why we excel in producing quality and precise jobs according to the requirements of our customers.

The future is always unknown in a trade which has been transformed over the last 50 years at the cost of many jobs, but Hoover Printing hopes to continue to provide a printing service into the next 50 years. We are excited about the future and what it will bring. New technology will play a part, but we feel that our commitment to partnering with you and our passion for printing will be essential elements that will continue to pave the road for success.  Being in business for so long and most of our employees having been here for over 20 years allows us the benefit of experience and stability.

We’ve seen many good things happen because of print. We’d like for that to continue and we want to be a part of making good things happen for you. Our partnership with you has been a pleasure. We will always be grateful for our customer friends that have helped to make the past 50 years possible. Please feel free to call upon us for our expertise in helping you develop a marketing plan to promote your institution, business firm or personal enterprise. Good results are directly related to good communication. Let us help communicate your best image. “You only get one chance to make a good first impression!”

The past 50 years have flown by. Here’s to the next 50.

Personalized Graduation Announcements

May 15th, 2014

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It’s that time of the year to announce the graduate in the family.  We can take your favorite image or images and design a custom 4×8 or 5×7 card. These announcements are a practical way to tell your family, friends and loved ones about your son or daughter’s graduation in a way that is personal and unique.  Choose from many single or multiple-photo design samples we have. Each announcement comes with its own blank envelope. This one is hot off the press this morning.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

Greeting Cards are here . . . and they’re Letterpress!

February 18th, 2014

At the end of the day, each of us wants to feel connected to other people and just the right card can express how we feel. No matter how tech savvy any of us is or becomes, we can’t get away from that basic need for touch and sending out a beautiful card for whatever the occasion, is always a good thing.

Here at Hoover we have been primarily a Commercial Printer but in the last few years we have done more and more personal items such as Wedding Invitations, Graduation Announcements and Christmas Cards to name a few.  Recently we decided to add letterpress Greeting Cards to our services since we have received more and more requests for all things letterpress.

They’re packaged in sets of 6 for $10.00 or 2 sets of 5 for $15.00.  You can’t find that kind of pricing anywhere and we’re located in Costa Mesa so come on by or we’ll ship them to your home!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

 

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

November 20th, 2013

Don’t wait until the weather outside is frightful!! Get your picture done while the grass is still green and leaves are on the trees. Bring your picture(s) or images in and we can create a unique Christmas card.  We have 100s of sample to help you decide on a size, a color or a type font. Here are just a few fabulous Christmas cards that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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Start Planning Your Christmas Cards Today

August 15th, 2013

It’s that time of year again – time to pull out those pictures for your personalized Christmas card. We all love looking through our mail each day to see the gorgeous and creative Christmas Cards people send!… seeing the return address of an old friend on an envelope rekindles memories of friendships past and special times spent together. While for many this is a challenge to design or create the perfect Christmas Card, Hoover Printing has 100’s of samples in our lobby to help you with ideas and we are always there for some helpful suggestions for making your personalized Christmas card certain to be proudly displayed. If you don’t have time to come in, send us your photos, give us an idea, whether formal, casual and we’ll design one for you.

No matter how busy our lives get, the tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards will never go out of style.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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Letterpress is amazing

June 10th, 2013

Letterpress is one of the hottest trends in Stationery, Business cards, Invites, and Announcements. The ancient printing technique that involves printing words or designs with ink while simultaneously debossing the image into thick, soft paper.

This letterpress look is elegant, stylish, high-end and simply amazing. Nothing can beat the touch and feel of a letterpressed project. Letterpress printing works best on thick paper made from natural fibers because you can feel the deep impression, like reverse Braille. Everyone wants to run their fingers over the image or writing and feel where the ink has been pressed into the paper. Come by and take a look at some of our samples;  we’d love to create something especially for you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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Photographs to Canvas Prints

March 22nd, 2013

Now you can turn your photos into stunning works of art that are uniquely yours. Your family portraits, wedding, vacation, pet or landscape photos will become your custom, personal pieces of art.  Your prints are printed onto high quality, archival canvas, giving your favorite image that classic touch.

Our professional quality wrapped canvas prints are custom-made for you in sizes up to 44″.  Whether in full color, black & white or sepia tones you will be amazed at the high quality of printing. Your printed canvas is stretched on a wood frame, gallery wrapped, treated with professional grade polymer sealant, to protect from UV and environmental damage, including moisture, ready to hang and enjoy.

Your most memorable photos will look great and become something you can be proud of!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

Everyone can make a Photo Book

February 1st, 2013

 

Photo Books are fast becoming the most popular way to cherish and preserve your photos with family and friends. Whether it’s a gorgeous wedding photo album, a new baby memory book, a sports team book, a fun-filled family photo album, an adventurous travel photo album, or a personalized children’s book. At Hoover Printing you can create a one of a kind keepsake to treasure forever or use as a thoughtful gift for someone special. Simple to create online and delivered to your door.

One reason our photo books are so popular is they’re really easy and fun to make. All you need to get started are some favorite photos and a few minutes! Your book will be professionally printed and bound to create a beautiful coffee table-style book that will last for years. Even the glossy hard cover can be customized with your photos and a book title.

Choose from six different sizes, upload your photos, then follow the simple step-by-step instructions to create your professionally bound Photo Book that’s perfect for you. Each page can feature up to 13 photos plus your own text. That’s not all – let your creativity run wild with the wide choice of page background designs, borders, colors, and typefaces to create a picture-perfect album.

We know how busy you can be! If you don’t have time or energy in creating your photo book, let one of our professional designers create one for you. Just email us your photos and for a nominal fee, we’ll create a book that you could be proud of.