ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, (September 2011) Jerry Grimaud, Owner & President of Lawrence Fabric, has acquired Krauss Graphics of Highland Heights, Kentucky. The previous owner of Krauss Graphics, Jack McMath has decided to retire. For many years, Krauss Graphics has supplied Lawrence with excellent service and quality for specialty graphics products.
“We have always been impressed with their knowledge of RF welded vinyl letters and SGS Graphics”, explains Grimaud. Krauss offered a wide range of processes for awning graphics including backlit, pressure sensitive and sunbrella graphic systems. Krauss will compliment Lawrence’s ability to print in-house. In an effort to continue the service and traditions of Krauss, Lawrence has acquired their equipment and customer database. Most of Krauss’ customers are serviced using UPS or Federal Express delivery. “With Tri Vantage distributing fabrics in St. Louis, our customers will be able to ship fabric directly to Lawrence for the graphic applications,” Grimaud says. While working through the logistics, Lawrence’s main goal will be to continue to run the company efficiently during this transition period. “We are very excited about this new venture and look forward to serving the needs of our clients now and in the years to come,” added Grimaud.
Our fearless leader, Jerry Grimaud is on the cover of Specialty Fabrics Review, a national trade publication for Industrial Fabrics Association International. Read his article “Game On” and learn how he stays ahead of the game. He shares his strategy ideas on risking product changes and policies based on market trends. Read More…
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, (July, 2011) Bob Helmsing, a leader in the Awning & Canopy Industry, former president and owner of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc., will retire after 34 dedicated years. Bob acquired the company in 1977 and has done an outstanding job at contributing to the growth of the company from 8 employees to currently 50. Over the years, Lawrence has won numerous national and international industry awards. Helmsing, served as chair of PAMA, held the position of President of Zone 8, and is an honored IFAI lifetime member. Bob will stay involved in an advisory capacity, but will step away from day to day operations. We wish him the best of luck in his future of pursuing other lifelong interests.