AlphaGraphics is a franchised chain of more than 270 independently owned and operated marketing service providers with full-service print shops. AlphaGraphics business centers are franchised by AlphaGraphics, Inc., part of the Blackstreet group of companies. AlphaGraphics was founded by entrepreneur Rodger Ford in Tucson, Arizona, in 1969, and began franchising in 1979. In 1985, the company became the first desktop publishing retailer. By the late 1980s, AlphaGraphics became the first U.S.-based printing franchise to expand internationally. The company was purchased by the Pindar Group in 2001 and subsequently moved its headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Today, the AlphaGraphics network is composed of more than 270 owner-operated business centers located in the United States, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. It has approximately 3,900 employees worldwide.