Flexographic Trade School, a narrow web training institution based in Fort Mill, SC, USA, has spawned several other business ventures over the years. Today the school is part of a newly formed entity called Flexo Trade Services (FTS).
The company now has six divisions: Flexographic Training Services, Flexographic Technical Services, Flexographic Trade School, Flexographic Trade Shop, Flexographic Trade Supplies, and Flexographic Temp Services.
The new FTS web site – www.flexotradeservices.com – contains details about all six divisions.
Founded in 2000 by Art Fields, the trade school has grown to involve the participation of hundreds of converter and supplier members. Recently, Robert Smithson of Trinity Graphic USA invested in the company and set up a fully equipped prepress laboratory. New Mark Andy printing equipment was installed earlier this year.
FTS held an open house in April that was attended by 170 industry people. Two days of free training followed the event, during which attendees learned consecutive numbering and bar coding, setting up a six-color job with cold foil and diecutting with a flexible magnetic die, how to run unsupported film and card stock on a Mark Andy 2200 with the new unsupported film package, and how to pull a correct fingerprint and develop a color control program in its plants.