Beautifully engraved certificate from American Reprographics Company
. This historic document was printed by the Northern Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman and Secretary.
American Reprographics Company (NYSE: ARC) is the largest reprographics company in the world, providing business-to-business document management services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. It also provides these services to companies in other industries that require sophisticated document management services. The company provides its core services through a proprietary suite of reprographics technology products, a nationwide network of locally-branded reprographics service centers, and facilities management programs at customers' locations throughout the country.
Founded in 1988 as a single reprographics firm in Southern California by S. "Mohan" Chandramohan, the company has grown into an international corporation with 2006 revenues of $591 million.
The corporate headquarters is located in Walnut Creek, California.
The company, with more than 40 operating divisions, employs more than 2,500 employees, and serves more than 130,000 customers nationwide. ARC continues to grow through acquisition.
On February 3, 2005, ARC announced pricing of its initial public offering of 13,350,000 shares of common stock at $13.00 per share for gross proceeds of $173,550,000. $92,690,004 of the proceeds went to ARC, $68,711,496 went to selling shareholders.
ARC created the products PlanWell, BidCaster, MetaPrint, Sub-Hub, ishipdocs and AbacusPCR — applications aimed at solving problems of the reprographic and construction industries with sharing, transferring and managing printed and digital data
About Specimen Certificates
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates were made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that has grown in popularity over the past several years.