History

In 1982, Medi Falsafi created American Blueprinting Company, to provide premium quality reprographic services to the architects, engineers, and contractors. With a background in architecture and an MBA from Harvard Business School, he purchased printing equipment and set up shop.

Medi’s architectural knowledge made it easy for him to understand how to provide print solutions to the building design and construction industries. He grew what was to be a temporary venture into a multimillion dollar business. Today, American Blueprinting Company is known as ABC Imaging.

Timeline

1982

Medi Falsafi opens American Blueprint Company in March with offices at 11th and K in Washington, DC.

1984

In December, ABC Imaging moves to 14th and N.

1986

The Offset Printing division opens in Alexandria, VA in September.

1987

In June the first retail store opens on Oronoco Street in Alexandria, VA.

1990

Headquarters moves to 1147 20th Street in January.

1991

A second store opens on Spring Street in Silver Spring, MD in March.

1993

In April, a third store opens on Tyco Road in Vienna, VA and then moves to Tyson’s Corner, VA.

1998

January ABC acquires Topel Digital Solutions in January. The acquisition enables the rapid expansion into large format digital printing technology.

1998

Stores open in Bethesda, MD and in Reston, VA.

1999

The company’s online planroom, BlueprintOnline, launches in August. The web-based application enables construction drawings to be organized and facilitates the ordering of drawings over the life of a project.

In June, ABC Imaging opens a store in Baltimore, MD.

2000

The Offset Printing division moves in December to Chevy Chase, MD.

ABC Imaging’s first west coast store opens in Los Angeles, CA in November.

2003

Stores open in New York, NY in May and in West Los Angeles, CA in November.

2005

Stores open in Bellevue, WA; Boston, MA; and Pittsburgh, PA.

2006

To support growth and consolidate operations, company headquarters and the Offset Printing division move to 1155 21st Street in Washington, DC.

Stores open in Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; and Miami, FL.

2007

ABC Imaging launches its Grand Format division to print banners, signs, and posters and to support other specialty printing activity. The company purchases 3D printers to expand products and services into creating 3D physical models and rapid prototypes for a variety of market sectors.

Stores open in Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Irvine, CA.

2008

Anticipating the start of international growth, ABC Imaging merges with Mediashore of London. As part of their international plans, ABC Imaging acquires space for stores in Dubai, UAE and in Shanghai, PRC.

Stores open in Las Vegas, NV; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Kansas City, MO.