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Southland Printing Acquires Assets of Digital Printing Systems
Southland Printing Company, Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all the business assets of Digital Printing Systems, Inc., a leading provider of printed parking and transit products. Digital Printing Systems, founded in 1971 by Don Nores and based in Azusa, CA, serves more than 500 customers in over 30 countries and is known for high quality products and personalized customer service.
“It’s such an honor to be entrusted by the Nores family to continue building on the legacy of their business,” said John Manno, Jr., President and CEO of Southland Printing Company. “To assure a smooth transition, we will be offering employment to many of Digital’s key personnel and we will transfer their customers’ order history, pricing, artwork and dies to Southland. Southland, as a family owned and operated business, is dedicated to providing our customers, new and old, the best products, service and value.”
“This acquisition ensures that our customers will continue to receive exceptional service and quality U.S. made products,” said Peter Young, Digital’s President. “Our shared family-business values align perfectly and we know we can rely on Southland’s continued commitment to the parking and transit customers we both have served for decades.” With this acquisition, Southland Printing Company cements its position as the market leader in printed parking and transit products.
In the months to come, customers can continue to place orders directly with Digital Printing Systems and Southland Printing. As the companies work to consolidate the operations into Shreveport, Louisiana, customers and vendors will receive regular updates.
Qic and Northeastern University Complete Transition of Campus Parking and Transportation System Management
QIC, a global diversified alternative investment firm announced that QIC Global Infrastructure and Northeastern University have successfully completed, as planned, the transition of management of the University’s parking system to MasParc and Mobility LLC (MasParc).
QIC Global Infrastructure formed MasParc in January 2019 as part of its 50-year partnership with Northeastern University. MasParc now manages all aspects of the parking system at Northeastern, a large, urban university in the heart of Boston, including the parking permit system, enforcement, event parking management, parking facility maintenance, and major renovations. MasParc has selected LAZ Parking to operate the University’s Boston campus parking facilities.
Over the next year, MasParc will make several improvements to the University’s parking facilities such as re-striping and power washing all garages and lots, repairing surface lots, installing new signage, and introducing real-time parking occupancy counters and license plate recognition for quicker entry and exit. The company also plans to invest in major technology upgrades and integrate mobile technologies into its services, which will benefit its customers, the environment, and the broader University community.
Matthew Inman has been named General Manager of MasParc. Mr. Inman, a parking and transportation expert, was formerly Director of Transportation and Parking Services at Florida State University (FSU) from 2014 until earlier this year. While at FSU, he was responsible for managing parking and transportation operations for a campus of approximately 42,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff. In that role, he introduced a campus-wide License Plate Recognition system and managed FSU’s transition to a “virtual” permit campus. Prior to FSU, Mr. Inman was with Carl Walker Inc. for 14 years where he completed more than 300 parking and transportation consulting projects for public and private clients across North America.
AppyParking Becomes AppyWay
The company that developed and operates the award-winning mobile app, AppyParking, today announced the launch of their new parent brand, AppyWay, as the business is set to take-off on a global mission of helping cities thrive, from the curb up. Having recently completed a successful Series A funding round, AppyWay has been launched to help better articulate the company’s vision of smart, connected cities where intelligent mobility can flourish.
Dan Hubert, founder and CEO, “This is another huge milestone for our business and it’s truly a joy to be able to bring to life ‘the why’ behind ‘the what’ our fantastic team do. It all starts with a vision for more livable cities, and our obsession with the curb. We may be a bit biased, but we genuinely believe curbs have the power to unlock a better urban life for us all – socially, commercially and physically. And that right now is the right time to unlock that curb power.’
The app helps reduce the almost four days each year UK motorists spend looking
Hubert founded AppyParking in 2013, with the ambition of solving the common frustration of finding a parking space. By showing drivers where they can and can’t park on-street, the app continues to help reduce the almost four days each year UK motorists spend looking for parking. The challenge of building up the UK’s largest set of standardized curbside data led the entrepreneur to realize the untapped potential lying under everyone’s feet.
Hubert sees a key role for the curb in these schemes, "At a time when online shopping can deliver what you need the next day with just one click, we need to face a hard truth – the user experience of the high street must be transformed if we are to encourage shoppers back and drive footfall. But, before you can innovate, you need to understand the high street first. How are streets being used? What does curbside demand look like and how can parking be optimized? It’s a challenge our team are set-up to help solve, and with our curbside management platform, AppyKerb, we can equip local authorities with the means to surface curbside data, identify opportunities to improve their infrastructure, make those traffic order changes and also provide world-leading solutions to make parking more convenient and less stressful."