AlphaGraphics marks 40th year

DULUTH -- The parent company of a Duluth-based franchise is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

AlphaGraphics was founded by entrepreneur Rodger Ford in 1970 in Tucson, Ariz. Ford positioned the company as a "desktop publishing" provider, distinguishing it from competitive printing companies. His vision was to create business centers that offered customers the latest visual communications technology, according to Pierce.

AlphaGraphics began franchising in 1979 and in 1984, the company became the first desktop publishing retailer and later the first U.S. printing franchise to expand internationally.

The Duluth franchise is one of almost 300 AlphaGraphics franchises in the worldwide and offers solutions for design, digital, offset and large-format printing, marketing communications, promotional products, digital archiving and mailing services for small- to medium-sized businesses as well as corporate entities. For more information, call 770-279-8882.

SugarOak buys office buildings

NORCROSS -- SugarOak, a Virginia-based owner/developer of commercial properties, has announced the acquisition of Crossing Centers IV and VI in Norcross.

Crossing Center IV is located off Peachtree Parkway and is comprised of five separate buildings. Crossing Centers VI is located off Holcomb Bridge Road and is comprised of nine buildings.

Jonn MacDonell, asset manager for SugarOak, said his company will be aggressive in revitalizing the properties into an office park.