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March 21, 2018

35 Years of Making Better and Stronger Presentation Materials

Our parent company, LBS (Library Binding Services), started it all for Corporate Image. The case and lined production of a book is what we’ve mirrored our binders off of. This picture, dating back to the 60’s, shows Fred James with a variety of book binding tools.

This is LBS’ first office building on East Grand in Des Moines. Everything started right here for Corporate Image. Our business of manufacturing high-quality presentation materials grew continuously and soon it was time to relocate into a beautiful new building to house both the production facility and administration of Corporate Image.

In 1996 Corporate Image moved into the new Guthrie Avenue Business Park along with our sister division Archival Products. The building offers lots of natural light throughout the production facility, which was especially important to our founder Fritz James. Corporate Image is still located at 1801 Thompson Avenue in Des Moines, IA.

Let’s take a look at some of the earlier machines we used to produce our beautiful and sustainable flexhinge binders.

An old school glimpse at our casemaking machine. Our casemaker allows us to fully wrap our binders board to create a custom product for each job! We can fully wrap binders with a printed litho sheet (cover and liner) or cloth and other cover materials.

This equipment was used to apply film lamination to our printed binders and pocket folders. Today we offer gloss and natural matte lamination as well as soft touch matte or linen texture.

Our crathern operator, Trang, a few years ago ensuring each printed litho sheet gets perfectly aligned onto the binders board. In 2016 we updated our crathern which allows us to manufacture large format binders up to 54″ wide. Corporate Image is now able to create our newest product, the multi-panel architectural folder.

LBS and its divisions, Corporate Image and Archival Products, became an ESOP in 2014 – a 100% employee owned company. While ownership has changed and equipment might have been updated, our commitment to craft, quality, and service has continued.

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