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M arc Bouchard, owner and president of SpeedPro Towson, a signage and graphics business that focuses on large-format printing, previously leased space from St. John Proper ties in 2005-2010.

SpeedPro Towson TIMONIUM EXCHANGE 2201 Greenspring Drive Timonium, MD 21093 410.346.3454

Bouchard said, “[I had a] great experience with them, much better than my experience with my original landlord. When it came time to look for a location for this new business venture, I really wanted something in the I-83 corridor, so I was happy that St. John Properties had several options, including something in the right size range and at the right price point.” SpeedPro produces a variety of signage and graphics solutions, including event signage, window, wall and floor graphics, outdoor signage and vehicle wraps. Even though SpeedPro is almost completely a business-to- business company, a central location that is easily accessible is still extremely important for daily operations. The company manages wholesale work for customers and various marketing firms, sign shops and printers — these operations are much more streamlined with the St. John Properties location. “Being so close to interstates 695, 83 and York Road allows [clients] to visit us often to view materials and discuss projects and also

makes it easy for them to pick up the [finished] product,” Bouchard said. “And our convenient location also benefits the work we do for non-wholesale customers, such as small and large businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, etc.” The current Timonium, MD, location is divided into a kitchen, a customer lobby and several office spaces, in addition to production areas and a vehicle bay for installing vehicle wraps on cars and trucks. In 2018, the company opened with large production equipment and later added an additional large-format printer and a flatbed cutter/router — the versatility of the space has made it adaptable for SpeedPro’s changing needs. Because of the materials SpeedPro utilizes, a controllable climate and adequate lighting are crucial. “St. John Properties customized the lighting in our studio to ensure that we would be able to produce detailed work,” Bouchard said, “and conditioned the entire unit to eliminate humidity and other

temperature swings that could cause inconsistencies with our print production.”

Given Bouchard’s previous experience with St. John Properties, returning to the real estate company was the best solution. “I interact often with individuals from many different departments of the organization — from marketing directors to project managers to property managers to building engineers — and everyone seems really proud to work for St. John Properties” — and now SpeedPro is proud to lease from St. John Properties.



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