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Trusted Regina Congratulates Future Print on their 40th anniversary! Future Print owner Karmen shares the history of Future Print Regina!

Future Print is proud of the strong roots they have built in the Regina community. They love what they do and if you spend 5 minutes with Karmen you will know that this is very true!  The passion he and his team have for their work enables them to take ownership of their clients' projects. They constantly strive to deliver the highest-quality products possible. Future Print are your Trusted Regina Printers. 

Future Print owner Karmen reflects on the 40 Year history of Future Print Regina. 

Karmen gives us a historical walk thru how Future Print started and where they are today.  

Here is what he shared:

I was 21 years old when we started Quick-Way Printers….

I gained experience at another printshop for 4 years prior to starting the company which makes it 44 years in the printing industry for me  (and counting)

 

It’s a good thing my sister and I were young and naïve! Our first project was to remove 13 tons of scrap metal out of the original basement location before renovations could begin. We were nicely setup when the basement flooded during one of our famous Saskatchewan summer rainstorms. This was before we owned shelving and all the paper on the floor was ruined.  A few months later, we had a national mail strike, and during a mail strike very little printing gets done.

I distinctly remember the day we opened; we were in at 8:00 am ready work. We wondered where the customers were going to come from. The only advertising, we had was a YellowPages ad. About mid morning we were thrilled when a welding shop just across the back alley saw our ad and placed an order for flyers that first day. 

For the first year I handled all the production and Ann took care of customers. 

"I remember sleeping on the floor beside the printing press during a long run of 102,000 that I printed in one day. When the press ran out of paper, it would make a huge racket and wake me to refill the paper. " - Karmen 

Future Print Started To Grow 

Our first staff member was added after one year and the business continued to grow rapidly.

Back in 1981 we were some of the first in a new industry called “Instant Printing” or “Quick Printing”. It differed from the regular print industry because we had smaller printing presses known as duplicators and we used disposable paper plates rather than metal plates. This allowed us to print almost instantly. Back then, one printing facility in Regina was booking a year in advance. If you ordered printing today you received the order one year from now! At the time, dry powder toner copiers were just in the infancy stages as most smaller copiers were still using liquid toner.

We soon expanded taking over the entire lower-level of 1118 Broad Street to make room for larger equipment and an in-house typesetting department. We added more printing presses, a high-speed black & white copier and coil binding to produce manuals. Software manuals were one of our main products at the time.

The next huge innovation to revolutionize our industry was colour copiers. The quality back then was not at today’s standards however Canon pioneered this technology and changed colour printing forever. Now you could push a button and have a colour copy in minutes. 

Today our colour copiers print up to 100 copies per minute with fantastic quality. Digital technology has had the greatest impact on our industry. We used to shoot negatives on a huge camera, mask them onto stripping sheets, burn plates with a carbon arc light and mount them onto a printing press. We still use plates for longer runs however all the manual processes are done in minutes with a computer.

In the mid 1980’s I remember hearing about a radical new technology called “Desktop Publishing” on an Apple MacIntosh computer. We had traditional typesetting equipment at the time and thought that this new low-quality method will never take off. Wow, were we ever wrong!


The company continued to grow and add staff, which meant that more production space was required.  We purchased a former Synagogue from the Regina Jewish community and converted into a modern print shop. The new building with a heritage flavour became an amazing environment to work in. There were 27-foot-high ceilings in the back production area, unique green brick, and herring bone hardwood floors throughout. Everyone that went for shop tours commented that this was the nicest and cleanest print shop they had ever seen.

How Future Print Got It's Name 

The name Quick-Way restricted us to quick, small projects, so the decision was made to change the company name. 

We went to the public library and spent hours looking through printshop ads in hundreds of phone books from Canada and United States. We narrowed it down to about 10 names however did not use any of them. We wanted a name that would not go out of date. Quick-Way Printers became Future Print.

We had 13 members on our team at the time and were very busy. The staff loved the building because it had windows which the former basement location did not have.







Future Print - A Family Business 

At that point we had 4 family members working together and we got along most of the time. Susan my wife is still in accounting; Grant my brother is still production manager and even our daughter spent several years in the industry.  After 20 years in the business, my sister Ann (Bellamae) retired and moved off to British Columbia with her new husband.

Our Last Move 

We enjoyed working in the Print-a-gogue as some called it, however Regina required a better facility to accommodate the addiction center. Our building at 1640 Victoria Avenue was chosen because of its proximity to the General Hospital and the Regina Police Service. The building was sold however we did not have a place to move into.

After lots of searching we moved 3 blocks north to 1650 Saskatchewan Drive which was the former EMS facility. The ambulance doors were removed, and the garage area became a print shop.

During our years in business, we undertook many unique marketing campaigns. Now that we were in the former ambulance building, we came up with my all-time favourite marketing idea - we would use an ambulance as our delivery vehicle. We purchased an actual ambulance and changed the decals to Future Print Logos. As the medical profession loves aronyms, we had slogans on it, like – PPRT, Printing Predicament Response Team. The vehicle was used for several years and was a great deal of fun.


Investing in Printing Innovation

At this location we invested in a 4 colour printing press along with a matching colour proofing system. Colour printing was growing because of the digital age, everyone became a graphic designer with their home/office computer. Customers could simply send us a file and we could print the booklets or brochures for them.

Next, we became one of the few places in Saskatchewan that did gold foiling and die cutting in-house. 

We fulfilled our dream of becoming a one stop print shop, with almost every kind of printing under one roof.

The next big innovation for the company was a shift into Signs and Labels. The industry term for this is wide format printing. We were now able to print onto hundreds of different materials for indoor and outdoor signs. This also allowed us to manufacture custom decals in any shape from small product labels all the way up to a 400-foot-long fence banner.

Lawn signs in the middle of winter is now one of our favorite, fun products.

I find it amazing, that after 40 years we are now dealing with 3rd generation business owners. 

Many machines have come and gone in the last 40 years, however the people on our team and the customers are the memories that we recall the most.

We have so much gratitude for this wonderful community and are so thankful for your support! We look forward to serving you for many years to come. - Karmen Bernt

If you are looking for exceptional printing solutions to help build your brand Future Print can help!



What is Hydroseeding? Trusted Regina Landscaping Pro's explain all about Hydroseeding

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Ltd. is a TRUSTED REGINA landscaping company who have helped many customers achieve the yards they have always dreamed of. 

In their latest article, they share some information on hydro seeding.

HYDROSEEDING 101

Hydroseeding, or Hydraseeding, is a technique that utilizes a slurry of seeds, mulch, and fertilizers, and it is an ideal way to revegetate large areas, and in fact many areas affected by forest fire or erosion can be seeded very rapidly using this technique. Here are some of the top questions Rapid get asked.


Is it Possible to Hydroseed Over Existing Lawn?

One of the biggest benefits of hydroseeding, of course, is that it can be used just about anywhere. Home/ acreage owners may use it to reseed their large lawns/ outdoor recreation spaces, and  commercial operators take advantage of the cost-effective nature of the process to quickly make any areas on their property look more lush.

In residential and smaller commercial applications the the hydroseed mixture is generally applied to a prepared area. However if you have a larger area that contains some grass or other vegetation we just need to be a little more careful during the seeding process if the area already has lawn or partial lawn.

The hydroseed mulch mixture is generally quite thick. This helps to protect the seeds during their germination phase. 

If there is an existing lawn in place and you still want to hydroseed over it, it is actually best to use a thinner mulch mixture when spraying. What you don’t want to do is completely cover the existing lawn areas and kill off the grasses. 

A thinner mulch mixture will mean that the seeds can still take root in the existing soil, but that the grasses already present will not be smothered.


What Is in the Hydroseeding Mixture and How Does it Work?

During the hydroseeding process, a special mixture is sprayed over an area and allowed to settle. The slurry that comprises the hydroseeding mixture is contained in a container and attached to a specially modified hose. As the water moves through the hose pipe, it picks up the hydroseed mixture and releases it through the nozzle of the hose.

See the video for an example of one of their machines at work.


Typically, the hydroseed mixture contains the following elements:
  • Seeds, usually grasses, that are ready to germinate
  • Cellulose fibers that form part of the protective mulch
  • Fertilizer that promotes seed germination and growth
  • Soil treating agents
  • Water
As the mixture is sprayed, the seeds are deposited on the soil surface and the mulch covers the seeds to form a protective layer. The included fertilizer promotes the germination of the seeds and provides the food required in the early stages of plant growth.

What Are The Benefits of Hydroseeding

In days gone by, revegetating a large area took a long time and was very labor intensive. This is not a cost-effective way to treat an area. Hydroseeding offers the following benefits:

Speed: Whether one is treating a small or a large area, as you can see in the video , the hydroseeding process is very rapid. This means that it saves both time and money.
Revegetation:  One of the biggest challenges that many communities face is the erosion of topsoils in what were once heavily farmed areas of land. Without grass or vegetation, the topsoil is prone to erosion. Hydroseeding is a great way to seed hardy and durable grass species over a large area very quickly and prevent further erosion of the soil. It is also a fantastic method of quickly revegetating damaged areas of land, such as those areas that have been ravaged by forest fires.

Environmental Benefits

Hydroseeding can ‘recover’ large areas of land as they can be seeded very quickly and cost effectively. The fertile mixture of mulch and seeds provides a bed upon which other plant life can grow and may even provide the basis upon which fauna returns to the area in order to feed and reproduce.

The Ideal Way to Seed New Plant Life
Hydroseeding is a fantastic method of repairing damaged soils and revegetating large areas. It is rapid, cost effective, and successful. 

Our professional Trusted Regina hydroseeding and landscaping team offers innovative re-vegetation, grass seeding, dust control, reclamation, landscaping and erosion control solutions and hydroseeding for all types of residential, commercial, government, industrial and oilfield projects.

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.

Connect with Rapid Lawn Hydroseeding on Facebook here!


Wondering What to Plant in the Fall? Our Trusted Landscapers have some great tips!

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products...and REGINA' BEST  SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES!  

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn and Landscaping Experts!

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions Shares What to Plant in the Fall

Planting isn’t just a spring activity. At Rapid Lawn Landscaping in Regina, SK we are here to make sure you have the most beautiful yards as possible. Our team of Trusted Regina landscapers want to help, advise and create a beautiful outside space you can enjoy and be proud of! 

Spring may be special, but fall is fine for planting. Turfgrass, spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season vegetables, perennials, trees, and shrubs can all be effectively planted in the fall.

The window for fall planting ends about six weeks before your area gets hit with a hard frost, usually September or October.


Fall has distinct planting benefits. Autumn’s cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners. The soil is still warm, allowing roots to grow until the ground freezes. In spring, plants don’t grow until the soil warms up.

Fall has more good days for planting than spring does, when rain and other unpredictable weather can make working the soil impossible. And there’s a lot more free time for gardening in autumn than in always-frantic spring.

Plus, the late season is usually bargain time at garden centers that are trying to sell the last of their inventory before winter.

Fall showers are generally plentiful, but it’s easy to deeply water plants if it doesn’t rain at least an inch per week.

Pests and disease problems fade away in the fall. You don’t need fertilizer, either. Fertilizer promotes new, tender growth that can be nipped by winter weather; stop fertilizing by late summer.

Here are six plant types to put in the ground during the fall.



Spring Bulbs

All spring-blooming bulbs need a period of cold dormancy to bloom. Plant bulbs in fall to ensure a beautiful spring display.
If deer or other critters frequent your yard, plant bulbs they don’t like to nibble, such as daffodil, crown imperial, grape hyacinth, Siberian squill, allium, fritillaria, English bluebell, dog’s-tooth violet, glory-of-the-snow, winter aconite, or snowdrop.
Get bulb planting tips.


 


Pansies

Fall is the best time to plant pansies because the still-warm soil temperatures give their roots time to establish. By planting in fall, you’ll get two seasons of enjoyment out of these cool-season favorites. Remove spent flowers so the plant doesn’t use its energy to set seeds, and keep the soil moist. After the soil freezes, mulch plants to prevent alternate freezing and thawing cycles that can heave plants out of the ground.





Cool-Season Vegetables
Many vegetables thrive in cool weather, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and Swiss chard.

Many fall-harvested crops should be planted in early August to give them enough time to mature. Always consult the seed packet to see how many days it takes until maturity, and count backward from your frost date to allow enough time.

Lettuce, spinach, and other greens with a short maturity time can be planted later in the season. Extend the growing season by planting them under floating row covers or cold frames that will shield plants from frost but still allow light, air, and water to penetrate.

Many root crops taste sweeter when they’re harvested after frost.

 

Turfgrass

Fall is the best time to establish new turfgrass and do most lawn chores. If you live in the North, cool-season grasses such as bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass should be fertilized in early September and again in late October or early November to give a boost for earlier spring green-up. In the South, avoid fertilizing dormant warm-season grasses unless they have been overseeded with winter ryegrass.

 



Trees and Shrubs

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. The weather is cool but the soil is still warm enough for root development. Before digging, always check with your local utility companies to locate any underground lines. Always plant trees and shrubs at their natural soil lines. Keep newly planted trees or shrubs well watered until the ground freezes so they get a good start before going into full dormancy during winter.



   Perennials

    It’s fine to plant perennials in the fall, especially specimens with large root balls.

    Fall is a good time to divide and replant hostas.

    Peonies should always be planted or transplanted in the fall. Avoid planting           them too deep — no more than 2 inches above the bud on the root — or they       won’t bloom.

    Late summer and early fall are good times to plant and transplant irises.

Chrysanthemums come into full glory by late summer and early fall, but it’s not the ideal time to plant them. Garden mums do best when planted in spring so they get fully established before winter. Sadly, the big, beautiful pots of florist mums you can buy already in bloom at a garden center won’t survive the winter if you plant them now.

TIP!

Any fall-planted perennials should be carefully watered until the ground freezes to keep their roots healthy and strong. Don’t overwater, but make sure the plants get at least 1 inch of water one time per week.

Rapid Lawn Landscaping is a Trusted Regina full service landscape and hydroseeding business that has helped our customers achieve sod quality lawns at a much better price! We also do landscaping, hardscaping and hydroseeding! 


Trusted Regina Community Spreading Christmas cheer

The Trusted Regina team believes giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Regina business community. We love our city and do what we can to support local events, non profits and to help individuals in need. This Christmas we want to help a local family in need!  If you know a family who could do with help this Christmas ..please read on and nominate them! 

FILLABLE NOMINATION FORM BELOW!

Another AMAZING UPDATE!!  Another story touched Scott at CNG Stone Products who has decided to also sponsor a family himself!  That is family number three we have helped. Thank you so much to CNG Stone Products a Trusted Regina Counter top and Stone provider.   

AMAZING UPDATE!  -  One of the stories that was nominated touched the team at Creek Construction so much that they have decided to sponsor the entire family themselves!  So now we are able to help two families!!  Thank you so much to Creek Construction a Trusted Regina Contractor.  Keep the nominations coming as their stories truly are touching hearts! 

The Trusted Team are donating a $500 Trusted Regina Gift Certificate - that can be used at any of the Trusted Regina Partners featured and promoted on Regina's Best Directory  


Great Canadian Oil Change Regina have donated a gift certificate for a free oil change.

Thank you Dakine Homes for stepping up to sponsor the turkey! 



Merry Maids of Regina and Whitmore Park Napa Autocare have teamed up to give $100.00 in Grocery gift certificates. Merry Maids is a Trusted Regina Cleaning Service and Whitmore Park Napa Autocare is a Trusted Regina Auto Repair and Service Expert. 

Dusyk & Barlow Insurance Broker Inc. has donated $100 Gift Card for Groceries - Dusyk & Barlow are Trusted Regina Insurance Broker!

Oxford Learning Regina has also donated $25.00 towards food. Oxford Learning are your Trusted Regina Tutors and Educators.

Ideal Journey Weight loss and Wellness are generously donating gift cards to restaurants so the family can enjoy an evening out!  Ideal Journey are your Trusted Regina Weight loss Professionals.

Monte and the team at Rapid Lawn Hydroseeding and Landscaping have stepped up to help and are donating restaurant gift Cards!! Thank you -Rapid - they are Trusted Regina Landscapers! 

Auto Electric Service are donating $250 gift certificate for auto repairs from their service shop. Auto Electric Services are a Trusted Regina Auto Repair and Service Expert

Complete Clean donated a total home clean for the recipient family! Trusted Regina cleaning Services 

Prairie Boy Windows a Trusted Regina Window & Doors professional tip on Condensation

Prairie Boy Windows has been operating in Regina since 2003. Their focus is to offer high quality solutions to your windows, doors, exterior and interior renovations. Their success can be attributed to their commitment in serving customers with a high degree of knowledge, experience, and integrity. Their Regina team consists of over 25 years of combined home renovation experience and they have the capacity to tackle any job. 

Prairie Boy are Trusted Regina window and door pros


Prairie Boy tip on Condensation: 

Condensation on windows is a major issue for most homeowners in Regina. This issue affects new windows as much as old windows.

You might ask, why does my new window have condensation, that's why I replaced it? 

Well actually, if you don't adjust other factors in your home, your new window might gather more condensation than your old one.  This happens because your new window has created a better seal then your old window, which leads to less heat transfer.  A greater difference of temperature between the inside of your home and the exterior, the more likely you are to have condensation on your windows. This is highly evident during our lovely Regina winters. 

                                                    

What is condensation?

Condensation comes from the moisture in the air. As the air heats up, it expands, allowing it to contain more moisture, and vice versa when it cools.  The warm air from the inside of your home comes in contact with the colder glass pane in your window.  When this air reaches a cooling saturation point, the excess moisture liquifies, creating condensation.  Another thing to keep in mind is, the less amount of panes that your window has, the colder the inside pane will be which results in a higher chance of condensation .

Condensation on your windows and doors is most noticeable when the temperature outside drops quickly, creating a big difference between the inside and outside air. It is also noticeable in the early fall because during a humid summer, the home can absorb a fair amount of moisture, and when the temperature falls outside in the fall, this moisture becomes trapped inside the home, resulting in higher humidity levels and formation of condensation on the window.


                                                   

Where does this excessive moisture in the air come from?

Believe it or not, the moisture in your home comes mainly from you.

Showering, cooking, bathing, and washing all add moisture to the air.  

During the winter season, a target level of humidity indoors is considered to be between 25 and 40%.

How to prevent condensation from forming on windows?

 

Well that depends on the amount of moisture in your air, but it is about balancing the airflow in your entire home.

There are three main ways to prevent condensation:

 

1) Reduce the level of humidity in your home

2) Get the humid air out of your home

3) Circulate the air properly and consistently

Here are a few useful tips to prevent condensation:

 

-Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels in your home 

 

-Ensure proper venting of all your appliances and bathrooms

 

-Circulate the air inside your home; leave a fan on for a bit or open a door and/or window to let new air in (tough in the winter but even for only a minute will help reduce humidity)

 

-Lower the temperature of your home


-Get a dehumidifier.

   

                                                     


Hopefully these tips will help you understand and prevent any condensation problems that you may be having in your home.  If you have any further questions about the condensation on your windows, feel free to give us a call anytime at 306-352-5322.

 

Prairie Boy are Trusted Regina window and door pros! 


                                   

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