Boston Mayor Menino presented Arthur Blank & Co. with a check for $6 million Monday through a Boston Industry Development Finance Authority loan program to assist the company in their ongoing expansion of their production capacity. Since 1993, when the City began this loan program with Arthur Blank & Co., the company has increased its employment by 47 employees, an increase of more than 30%.
With retailers nationwide seeing the benefits of loyalty cards, frequent shopper programs, membership cards, phone cards, gift cards, and countless others, Arthur Blank & Co. has its hands full keeping up with demand. “Plastic cards used to be just for identification or imprinting,” says Stuart Blank, president and CEO of Arthur Blank and lifelong Boston area resident. “Today, they are marketing tools that can access information from buying habits to vital statistics and even emergency health records.”
Arthur Blank and Company has come a long way since its founding in 1934 on Causeway Street in Boston. “We were one of the first companies to print on plastic,” recalls Stuart. “You name it, if it’s on plastic we printed it pocket calendars, rulers, all sorts of things. But when loyalty, phone, and gift cards came out, things just went through the roof.” Today, working through their network of dealers, Arthur Blank & Co. provides cards for local companies such as Stop & Shop and Shaws for their checking and loyalty programs, membership cards for BJ’s Wholesale Club, identification cards for Harvard/Pilgrim Healthcare, and warranty cards for IBM/Lotus.
Recent upgrades to their manufacturing facilities in Boston, including the purchase of a state-of-the-art six color Komori press, its second Burkle laminator, and additional automated card punch machinery have helped Arthur Blank keep up with demand and cut delivery times to about two weeks.
In his remarks at the event, Stuart Blank said, “It would be gratifying for my father and uncles, who founded this company on Causeway Street in 1934, to be here today to share in this occasion – to say ‘thank you’ to all our employees, our customers and city officials who have contributed to our growth and success.”Details