"Southland Printing is pleased to announce that we are now certified with SkiData to print their entire ticket line."
Located in Shreveport, LA, this endeavor makes Southland Printing the only company that produces the tickets in the United States. Founded by John Manno Sr, Southland Printing Company has been part of the parking industry since 1960 and ships to all 50 states and over 49 foreign countries. Printing tickets for over 40 different manufacturers both domestic and foreign assures you that Southland can provide the ticket you need. Only the highest quality raw materials are used, and each component undergoes rigorous testing in their R&D Lab before they are released to the market. Their shipping time is one of the best in the industry with a turnaround time of 20 business days after receipt of order or proof approval.
Dale Spoor, the Production Manager for Southland, worked relentlessly to assure Southland’s position to be certified. Due to his hard work and the rest of his team, this certification will allow many partnerships to come. During the initial stages, Dale ran many tests at Southland’s in-house R&D lab to cover all parameters. Doing so allowed Southland the essential knowledge and ability to move forward. Once testing was completed in Austria, SkiData presented Southland with the certifications. Now that the process is complete, Southland Printing looks forward to partnering with SkiData on future ventures.
Recently Southland Printing Company underwent a rebranding of its LOGO and the culture of the company with the direction coming from the second generation of management, John Manno, Jr. A Red Rose has been the company’s symbol almost since its founding. Red is a color that has always been associated with energy, strength and power and was the perfect symbol for Southland, signifying determination as well as passion. Red roses are given to those you have great respect for and that is why they always display a bouquet at the booth as well as pass out the embroidered roses to people who visit the booth. The rose has been stylized and if you look closely you can see the letters SP for Southland Printing. Looking closer you may even see a roll of paper unwinding symbolizing the many rolls of paper that are used to produce the millions of tickets run each day.
With some insight to what Southland represents and stands for, the SkiData certification creates another great partnership for years to come.
OUR NEW LOCAL
"Southland Printing celebrated opening its new commercial printing division on
February 28th, 2019."
Southland hosted the ribbon cutting event at its facilities, inviting local businesses, friends and family as guests. This event allowed the Southland team to display the new products and promotions available. Southland displayed a wide range of products for the public to view and inquire about. The event was well coordinated and well attended.
Southland got its start in the commercial industry when John Manno, Sr. started the company. Although the company specializes in printing for the Parking and Transit industry, it’s never forgot about its roots. With the new division up and running, Southland can offer printing for local businesses, promotional items, and many other new things. Specifically, promotional products.
Over the past five years, the Promotional Products in the US industry has grown by 2.4% to reach revenue of $17 billion in 2018. In the same timeframe, the number of businesses has grown by 0.7% and the number of employees has declined by -0.2%. Southland feels this is a key time to launch this new division.
With the refocused energy into the commercial market, Southland will be able to assist local schools, hospitals and restaurants like never before. Gone are the days of just printing business cards and letterheads. The array of business opportunities is endless!
WHERE WE'RE TRAVELING 2019
"Throughout the year our Sales Team travels to numerous parking, ticketing, transit, and foreign related trade shows across the country."
Many companies from around the world attend these trade shows to establish a presence, gain knowledge and exposure to new trends or products in the industry. This also gives industry professionals a chance to meet new customers and build relationships that will potentially turn into new business. This may occur during networking events, seminars, meetings, or right on the tradeshow floor. With Regional Sales Account Managers strategically placed around the country, Southland believes this gives them a geographic convenience to its customer base.
Each year we travel to 1-2 trade shows a month beginning in January. Then in April it really picks up and we are traveling to 3-7 events a month. We put a lot of effort and teamwork into each trade show that we attend. We are very thankful we have a strong team that realizes team effort and accountability are key in our organization. Each Regional Sales Account Manager attends trade shows and services our customers within their respective regions. Charles McHenry is Southland Printing’s Sales Manager who oversees the operation and handles the foreign market. Charles has been with Southland for 14 years. Jay Manno is the Vice President of New Market Development for Southland Printing. He works with new trends and development within the industry. He is also the grandson of the late John Manno Sr., founder of the company.
Rounding out the rest of the team, we have Tricia Rukstalis who is the Northern Regional Sales Account Manager. Tricia is also on the Board of Directors for Women in Parking. John Beehler is the Director of Business Development for the Northeast Region. John has been within the parking industry and is a seasoned veteran. Gary Flowers is the Southeast Regional Sales Account Manager. Gary has been with Southland for 37 years of experience. John Cordaro is the Southern Region and Events Account Manager. John has secured many key accounts on the parking side and event side of the business.
Southland Printing Company will be traveling to a city near you. We can’t wait to see you!