Alphagraphics closes; Macon-based Sphinx takes over customers

Alphagraphics, a Macon-owned printing company, closed Friday and turned over its customers to Macon-based Sphinx Inc.

Alphagraphics Macon opened in September 1998 in a storefront on Eisenhower Parkway near Macon Mall. Business was so good in 2006 the company bought and renovated a building on Poplar Street downtown, according to a notice on the company’s website. But the economy took a toll on the business.

“The recession of 2008 brought drastic changes to the printing industry and to our business,” the notice stated. “Budgets were tightened, customers closed or moved to Atlanta, and the demand for our products and services declined alarmingly. We tried to react by adding new capabilities, and we managed to hang on for 3 1/2 years. We were forced to close our doors (Friday).”

Sphinx President Jim Maddox said he bought certain assets of Alphagraphics including some equipment, but he declined to disclose the terms.

Alphagraphics owner Richard Dannenberg “has already contacted all his customers,” and Sphinx will continue handling their accounts, Maddox said.

“We’re contacting customers too, and in the next few days he and I will be visiting customers as well,” he said. “He has 400-plus active customers.”

Sphinx has been providing commercial printing and business forms since 1991, and Maddox bought it in 1997.

The two businesses were competitors, Maddox said.

“Each of our companies had different equipment and different strengths,” he said. “It’s a similar type of business. ... We’re looking at it as a good opportunity for us to grow as a business, to expand our customer base and because of the equipment he had that we didn’t have we will be able to expand our offering somewhat as well.”

Alphagraphics had four employees including Dannenberg and Sphinx has eight employees including Maddox.

“At this point one of the (Alphagraphics employees) will come with me and I’m hoping another will join us,” Maddox said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.