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A timeline snapshot of over 50 years of innovation

 

Throughout the past 5 decades, Tukaiz has been committed to pioneering innovation. Innovation, at the core for Tukaiz, includes:

  • Continually adapting our services and reinventing our business to support our clients in the changing marketing environment.
  • Continually investing in technology that allows us to provide revolutionary solutions that drive efficiencies and improve our clients’ ROI.
  • Developing a culture that supports an entrepreneurial spirit giving our employees an environment to do the things that inspire them, to create and implement new processes, methods or techniques that provide Tukaiz with a compelling advantage.

Through the partnerships we have established and continue to nurture with our clients, our suppliers and our community, we are the recognized experts of our industry. We are flexible and adaptable which in turn allows us to transform our business model to reflect the complex needs of marketers across the world. Shown within the timeline are a few key historical milestones that are evidence of Tukaiz’ forward-thinking innovation:

2014

MANAGING PARTNERS

Frank Defino Sr. and his sons (UL) John Quinto Defino, (LL) Frank Defino Jr., (LR) Chris Calabria and (UR) Dan Defino are the owners and managing partners, the driving force behind the ongoing success of this innovative, forward-thinking company.

2013

50 YEARS AND FORWARD

The company goes from 1,500 square feet in 1963 to 250,000 square feet today, and services some of the world’s leading household name brands.

March 3rd 2013
2013

WAREHOUSE, INVENTORY AND FULFILLMENT

Tukaiz expands again with an additional 120,000 square-foot building and increases its full-service finishing department as well as warehouse, inventory and fulfillment services. This makes Tukaiz a complete end-to-end marketing services production company able to deploy finished goods to anywhere in the world.

2011

CRAIN’S FAST FIFTY LIST

Tukaiz is recognized as one of Chicagoland’s 50 fastest growing companies.

June 6th 2011
2009

PIXYME

Tukaiz embraces the new smartphone era early on by taking variable data and imagery to new heights. The interactive iPhone and iPad app named PixyMe is featured in The New York Times and by Apple, Inc.

2004

2004 to 2009 - TUKAIZ REINVENTS ITSELF AGAIN WITH COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE OFFERINGS

• Additional digital presses
• Full-service bindery and finishing
• Creative services division and boutique agency
• Large-format flatbed and roll-fed
media output
• Backstage (dev shop)

1998

OFFSET PRINTING

One of only three in the United States with inline UV coating technology.

1998

FRANK DEFINO BUILDING DEDICATION

Ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the Frank Defino Complex by his children and employees.

1997

GROUNDBREAKING FOR ADDITIONAL EXPANSION

By 1997, Tukaiz' facilities had been expanded on both sides of Latoria Lane and totaled 100,000 square feet.

1994

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“We don’t compete as printers; our business is moving digital information around…” Frank Defino’s children (L to R): John Quinto Defino, Mary Anne Defino, Frank Defino Jr., Tom Defino, Dan Defino

October 31st 1994
1994

INTERACTIVE STUDIO

Tukaiz innovates again as the first premedia company in the Midwest to embrace computer technology to build and host websites during the infancy of the internet age. Multi-channel and rich media campaigns are also developed for the personal computer.

1993

DIGITAL PRINTING

Tukaiz becomes the first company in the Midwest to install two Indigo digital presses that revolutionize the entire print and marketing industries, enabling “on-demand” print output.

1988
1985

TUKAIZ GOES DIGITAL

Crosfield Studio Systems prepress technology moves from the analog era to the digital era. Tukaiz is one of the first companies in the world to innovate into this new medium.

1983

LITHOGRAPHIC PLATE MAKING ON RUTHERFORD STEP & REPEAT MACHINE

1980

COLOR FILM STRIPPING AND MASKING ASSEMBLY

1978

FOUR-COLOR SCANNING

As industry pioneers, Tukaiz transitioned from black-and-white to four-color scanning and color separations.

1978

TUKAIZ EXPANDS

With new business and an increased workforce, additional space became a necessity. This two-story, 4,000 square-foot structure was attached directly to Tukaiz’ first building on Latoria Lane.

1969

TUKAIZ MOVES TO FRANKLIN PARK

As Tukaiz began to grow, the need to expand became evident. Tukaiz moved to this building at 2917 Latoria Lane, and has maintained this address to this day. (Original entrance to building)

1963

The Early Years

The first employees of Tukaiz making lithographic printing plates.

1963

TUKAIZ OPENS

In a 1,500 square-foot basement on Laramie Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, Frank Defino launched his dream of owning his own business.

March 3rd 1963
1963

Original Check

The original check for down payment of Tukaiz.

February 16th 1963
1963

Original Classified Ad

Actual ad in the Chicago Tribune: “Offset Plate Shop” for sale.