Bayprint Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Bayprint, one of St. Petersburg’s most technologically advanced printing
companies, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012. What started
as a downtown copy shop in January of 1982 has grown into a company that
integrates print with marketing management to provide customers with a stronger
message. A celebration was recently held at Bayprint with clients, friends and
Al Karnavicius opened Bayprint when customers needed fast, convenient
copying. According to Karnavicius, Bayprint president, the communication needs
were much simpler 30 years ago. "Over the years the emphasis has been providing
fast response to customers’ printing needs,” said Karnavicius. "We have always
Bayprint pioneered digital color printing and was the first printer in St.
Petersburg to provide color copies. It also was an early leader in adding online
ordering for clients and wide format printing for posters, banners and
The biggest change in printing over the past 30 years, said Karnavicius, has
been the impact of computers and the Internet. "Print is no longer the only way
for a company to get its message out to its customers. Today, businesses
communicate with both print and the web. Bayprint’s services have evolved in
parallel with customer needs.”
Much of the interaction between Bayprint and its customers is over the web.
"The web is the fastest way to move files from one point to another,” said
Karnavicius. "We moved to a new facility in 2007, and upgraded our computer
network allowing us to transfer electronic graphic files 10 times faster than
before. Customers require 24 hour access and easy, web-based ordering. Because
of our technology, we can handle customers from around the world as easily as we
handle a customer standing in our lobby.”
Bayprint now offers web design, development and hosting along with graphic
design services and email marketing. It integrates mobile marketing and mobile
websites to take advantage of the exploding growth of smartphones. "We have
expanded our services to use the latest communication tools to make sure our
customers are reaching their audience.” said Karnavicius.
Bayprint has been recognized for its innovation and leadership. In 1997,
Karnavicius was elected president of the 3000-member national printing trade
association, then known as PrintImage International. In 2001, he was named Quick
Printing magazine’s and PrintImage’s "Printer of the Year.”
In 2003, Bayprint was invited to join CPRINT ®, an elite association of
approximately 100 printing and graphic firms from across the nation dedicated to
higher standards. Members are independently-owned businesses that travel to meet
in small peer groups and act as Board of Directors for each company.
For 30 years, Bayprint has been an active community partner. Al and Nancy
Karnavicius have volunteered or served on numerous boards and committees
including: American Stage, Brookwood, Executive Women’s Golf Association,
Florida Craftsmen, Kiwanis, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and The Arts
Center. The Bayprint employees have been volunteers at homeless shelters,
Chamber events, spouse abuse shelters, arts fundraisers and children’s
Bayprint is located at 2235 16th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL.
The telephone number is 727-823-1965 and the website address is www.bayprintonline.com.