Images on Metal, the dream of a man who returned from the battlefields of Vietnam, a recent community college graduate, and a newlywed who will be starting a family. That man was Harlan Jacobson, after returning home he worked for the Mayo Clinic for 10 years, specifically running the Electronics Art Lab with an expertise in Metalphoto. “The process of photographing images on metal.
The inspiration for him to start his own business came when a doctor he worked with needed a multi-colored instrument panel for his home. After fulfilling that order he saw an opportunity in the printing world that needed to be filled, with his wife Colleen he started by printing awards and trophies in his basement.
It wasn’t long before they outgrew their basement and moved to the two-car garage. When the opportunity to purchase a building in downtown Kasson presented itself, they jumped at the chance to expand. It was a two story building and the family remodeled the top level for an apartment for themselves and opened the first brick and mortar on April 1, 1979.
Being a visionary Harlan and a partner created an electronic cycling system for energy efficient furnaces. Unfortunately that endeavor was dissolved after two years due to lack of interest. Needing more space, Images relocated to a vacant building that was originally an implement dealership.
Printing millions of decals, textile printing was a natural progression. Vinyl and textile printing managed to coexist in the same building for a short time before Images bought a printer in Owatonna, about a 30 minute drive from the main plant. Despite the distance challenges, textile was run from Owatonna for 5 years. Fortunately, a building came available in Kasson and the textile moved home to our current location.
Images On Metal continued to be successful, but as demand increased Images By Design was created to solely handle the textile needs. Images Buy Design’s main focus was corporate screen-printing and embroidery for clothing and accessories. Changing with the times Images By Design is now Inspire Ink by Images to reflect our enthusiasm for printing.