Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

RPI, a digital-image printing company in Seattle, is announcing Wednesday its purchase of DPI in Atlanta for an undisclosed amount.

DPI specializes in personalized web-to-print products for large companies and has 27 employees. RPI chief executive Rick Bellamy said the purchase will expand RPI's reach to the East Coast, reduce shipping costs and waits and expand its personalized-print products.

Started as a family-owned commercial printer in 1979, RPI creates the personalized-photo books and greeting cards consumers order online from photo sharing and printing companies.

The small but rapidly growing market for digital-photo merchandise is worth an estimated $2 billion.

Look on your desk right now. Chances are you have a coffee mug, a reusable water bottle or maybe a disposable bottle of juice. You have beer steins, tea cups and collectable shot glasses at home. 

Wise President and CEO Bill Prettyman has ink running through his veins. A fourth-generation printer, Prettyman continues to uphold his family’s legacy in an industry that put them in the headlines.

From Feb. 22, 2012 through Feb. 28, 2012, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) awarded 66 one-time print jobs to 28 print supplier clients of Government Print Management. The total value in new business for the clients was $282,018. 

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