OUR STORY: DIVING INTO PORTLAND DIGITAL PRINTING
Doing Right by Customers & Employees Since 2000
In March of 2000 Carl and Kristina Perkins had a two year old child, a two month old baby, and a brand new digital printing business. Rhino Digital has been a family business ever since. While that term usually means that a business is family-run, at Rhino it also means that everyone is treated like family – customers, employees, and of course the shop dog and floor manager, Bosco.
“We started in a loft space above the J & M Café on SE Ash St., says Kristina, and we would sometimes lower small jobs in a large gift bag on a rope to clients down on the street to save them the climb up the stairs.” That personal touch has remained, even though the company now has a larger shop on SE Division and 12th Ave.
Both Carl and Kristina have printing in their blood. Carl’s grandfather owned a newspaper in Leroy, NY and Kristina’s family has been in Portland for over 100 years. Her grandfather worked in printing until he was 86. Kristina brings a longstanding entrepreneurial spirit – she opened a daycare center, followed by an espresso cart called Steamin’ Sisters in the World Trade Center, then she went to school to become a massage therapist and started her own practice. Carl worked for Kinko’s before the FedEx acquisition, but wanted to do more high quality work. Today, Rhino still focuses on, and excels at, high quality, quick turn digital printing.
“We see ourselves as problem solvers for our clients,” Carl says. It’s all about service to us.
We regularly fix client files if there are errors, and advise on best ways to get a job done. Printing is our product, but we really sell solutions. Clients come back to us because we’re flexible; we do whatever it takes to get it done fast and right.”
Carl and Kristina’s “all in the family” attitude extends to employees, many of whom have worked for the company for several years. Team members get full health benefits, a week of front-loaded sick time and one to four weeks of paid vacation, plus a retirement plan with company match. To top it off, the team has lunch together every day. With so many companies now using 1099 contractors instead of employees, and offering no benefits or paid time off, that makes Rhino a real stand out. “We do it because that’s how a company should be,” adds Kristina; “We really shouldn’t be an anomaly.”
The company gives back to the community, too, offering generous discounts to local schools and nonprofits. The company encourages biking and transit use, with Carl and Kristina providing examples: Carl regularly bikes into work while Kristina often walks.
What do you get when you combine high quality digital printing, professional fast-and-right service, a company that cares for both clients and employees, and a touch of good old Portland hospitality?
Rhino Digital printing.
Working with us is easy. We support all professional graphics programs, either native files or press-ready pdfs. Send us your files online, via email or contact us directly to arrange pickup and delivery.*
Our equipment is state of the art. We offer products and quality that the competition cannot beat. Printing on 130# cardstock, double sided color, and sizes up to 13×19 are just a few examples. Rhino is one of the first to specialize in short and medium-run digital color with near offset quality.
Our presses are Pantone® calibrated for optimum color matching. “Going Digital” is a fast and economical alternative to traditional printing. Want to see it for yourself? Let us print you a free sample.
At Rhino Digital Printing, we provide high-quality, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient printing services that you deserve. Request a free printing estimate online today!