Shapco Open House for AIGA

Tuesday, September 23rd
5:30pm until 8:00pm

Please join Shapco Printing
for an evening of networking with colleagues, appetizers and drinks,
and an open house tour of its new facility just west of downtown Minneapolis.

Guest speaker Lana Duncan,  an expert in digital printing,
will discuss the latest advances in the rapidly expanding technology
of HP’s Indigo presses.

5:30pm, Meet & Greet
6:00pm, Guest Speaker, Lana Duncan
7:15pm, Tour of Shapco

1109 Zane Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55422






HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press

You needed us to increase our digital press capabilities, so we asked Hewlett Packard to build an Indigo for us that would be ready soon after our move to the new building. That time has come and we are proud to announce that our Indigo 10000 is now partnering our Indigo 7600.

The 29-inch format HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press produces any commercial job with Indigo quality, substrate versatility, and production flexibility. This robust press is an easy fit for all your small to medium print runs utilizing a wide variety of applications.

> Print any commercial job
> High productivity
> Widest substrate range
> Offset-matching print quality
> Streamline production process
> Customize and personalized each piece

Extraordinary is Ordinary

Occasionally, our clients ask us to help them achieve some nearly impossible tasks. One of our clients recently shared with us just how much our dedication meant to him.


Dear Joel,

This is just a quick note to acknowledge and thank you for the absolutely life-saving effort that Ann Dugan’s team put into helping us with our emergency print job this past week. We were faced with an absolutely horrible situation and needed to get three projects done within 36 hours. Ann and Bill demonstrated not only their own dedication and determination on our behalf to get this done, but they also made it profoundly evident that Shapco has the technology, knowledge, resources, and customer-commitment to do what would literally be impossible for most vendors.

Ever since I met Ann a couple years ago when she was only a few months on the job, I could see right away what a pro she is and I’m really glad to hear that she has grown to be one of the essential members of the Shapco Sales team. She deserves high praise on every account. Likewise, Bill has shown himself to be an effective partner throughout our entire history with Shapco. I know there were other individuals that I can’t name who stayed late (into the early morning) in prepress and fulfillment to get this all done.

I’m sure that at some level the executive management gets involved in “green-lighting” efforts like this which involved putting other customers’ projects on hold, so I want to thank you personally for allowing this to happen. I’ll work to ensure that we don’t put you in a similar position again.

Thanks & Best Regards,



At Shapco, making the impossible something possible is what we do. The things we do everyday are considered ordinary, yet to our customers they appear extraordinary. Challenge us with your needs, no matter how complex or how fast you need results, and we will continue to strive for complete success.

Vendor of Excellence



Shapco was honored by Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings with 2012 Vendor of Excellence Award at recent BWW National Convention in Orlando, FL. This award was given out for Shapco’s commitment to BWW brand and partnership for the past year.

Large Format

Shapco has recently added 2 large digital format printers: HP Designjet L26500. This new high quality technology addresses 61” capabilities. Great for outdoor and indoor applications: POP Displays, soft signage, bus shelters, vehicle graphics, Light Boxes, Wall Coverings, and Outdoor and Event banners. The printer prints in 6 colors: black, yellow, cyan, light cyan, magenta, and light magenta – this provides richer color for your printed pieces. The inks are water based HP Latex based Inks – no special ventilation required, eco-friendly, and recyclable. Print on paper, vinyl, fabrics, film, and low-cost uncoated options. We can die cut, sew, grommet, and fulfill your large format wants and needs. Shapco is your one-stop shop for all your print and graphic solutions. How can we help?

Data Security Compliance

Shapco Printing is now SSAE No. 16, SOC I compliant – simply stated, we have increased controls and procedures in place per data security; SOC (service organization controls), formally known as SAS 70. These added controls address Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, Availability, and Security. Clifton Larson Allen, a nationally recognized consulting firm, is providing consulting, auditing, and compliance per control objectives.

Shapco wants to ensure that when you print, mail, on-line order, or fulfill simple and complex projects, that measures are in place securing your business. Does your present vendor have SOC compliance, and controls in place protecting your print assets? Please contact your Shapco Account Rep for further information.

Peters Billiards

Shapco Printing is delighted to have been selected to produce all of the New Branding for Peters Billiards, located at Lyndale Avenue & 62 Crosstown. Some subtle changes have brought a new and very much enhanced look to their Letterhead, Envelopes and Invoices, as well as to their Business Cards. Locally owned and operated for more than 50 Years, with the best Service, Selection & overall as nice a group of people we’ve ever had the pleasure to print for.

Jan at Peters Billiards told us, “I finally finished unpacking all of our new printed products. They look beautiful! Thank you and your talented team for creating these for us. We are so pleased!”

So if you’re in the market for Casual Furniture or anything Game-related “Shop Peters Billiards”!

Service. Service. Service.

How many times have you gone to a store or restaurant and received poor service? I had a conversation recently with one of my clients who had difficulty reaching a contractor for a bid on a very large project. Calls to the contractor were unanswered except for a recorded message saying “I’ll be out of the office on a golf outing; please call back tomorrow.” Wow. I guess the contractor’s golf outing is more important than your business! And why didn’t they leave a back-up contact while they were out?

I can think of one corporation in this country that prides itself on great service: Disney World. From the moment you walk into this amusement park it is clean, and the staff go out of their way to make you happy. Shapco knows the importance of good customer service and we make sure our clients always receive our best. You’ll never hear that your sales representative is out golfing and unavailable for your call. All of our sales representatives have smart phones so they are available to you 24/7. Not only that, we have top-notch customer service representatives inside the shop at all times. Joel Shapiro, the owner of the company, is also available to meet or talk with any client.

Besides great customer service, here are 10 solid reasons to buy from Shapco Printing:

  1. Digital, Conventional or UV Printing.
  2. Complete data/mailing services.
  3. Professional proofreading on staff.
  4. Solutions-oriented service.
  5. Central US location for efficient delivery to all areas of the country.
  6. Tremendous capacity for faster turn times! We also have the most UV presses of any commercial printer in Minnesota.
  7. Environmentally-sensitive Green printer.
  8. Conveniently located off Light-Rail and Northstar commuter rail systems in downtown Minneapolis.
  9. Nationally recognized for award-winning projects.
  10. Available 24/7.

The Best of Minnesota

Fireworks and mosquitoes. Fishing and tornados. Long days and tropical humidity. Summer in Minnesota, right? We are all used to taking the good with the bad, suffering through our long cold winters makes you appreciate a warm summer day even more. But when it comes to your printing you should not have to settle for less than the best. Do you love your printer’s prepress department but the press operators can’t hold the color? Maybe the printing is excellent but they always mess up the shipping? Not at Shapco. Here you get the best of everything. The most advanced prepress operators with the best training. Press operators with years upon years of experience running the most advanced printing presses made today. And a turnkey shipping and warehousing operation that is reliable and thorough. Our customers come to us for many reasons but the most common reason is something their previous printer didn’t have: solid quality and service from the beginning of their project to the end. There are no holes here at Shapco for your project to fall through. And on some summer nights here in Downtown Minneapolis, you can even see fireworks over the horizon. Surely another successful project going out the shipping doors…

Experience Counts

2543 years. 105 sales and production staff. 1 company. That’s an average of 24 years of experience per employee here at Shapco. OK, so printing and cutting an 8.5 x 11 flyer wouldn’t really take that much experience. We do that with our eyes closed. Just kidding, Joel! (He’s the boss.) Seriously, most of the work we do requires experience. We’ve been “there” and most likely “done that” on whatever you throw at us. And most of the time, your work is literally thrown at us because you need it quickly.

Experience tells us to do your project a certain way. Experience allows us to remain calm under pressure. Experience gives us déjà vu. “Hey, I’ve seen this type of project before. We’d better suggest UV inks for this, or a box score for that.” Put it this way, if the project is in our hands, you’ll sleep very well at night.

It’s funny, well, not to us, but most of our equipment here is younger than we are. In each department, we have every bell and whistle you can think of. With our experience and fancy tools, we can move your project through here swiftly, with true craftsmanship, and of course – with a smile. Come on over and we’ll show you around. Yes, although we’ve been around a while, we can still walk just fine.