Dean Wood, owner of Allegra Print & Imaging in Auburn, has acquired Pony Express Printers, also in Auburn. The resulting business will be one of the most technically advanced on-demand printing companies in the area, serving more than 400 businesses and organizations, Wood said in a press release. “It’s a win-win situation for customers of both businesses,” Wood said. “Our enhanced capabilities will help us serve our diverse and growing client base. The combined resources enable Allegra Print & Imaging as well as Pony Express Printing customers to work with a printer offering a total solution to their print communications needs.” The Wood family opened the printing business 19 years ago, which continues to operate at 528 Auburn Ravine Road. Ruben and Ruth Littau, owners of Pony Express Printers for the last 21 and a half years, are retiring. Pony Express Printers is being consolidated into the Allegra Print & Imaging facility. “Our loyal customers and friends at Pony Express Printers can expect the highest level of quality products and customer service from Dean and his entire staff at Allegra Print & Imaging,” Littau said. “I have known Dean a very long time. In fact, he was a student of mine at Placer High School in the 1970s and I know he does great work.” The expanded Allegra Print & Imaging features traditional and advanced printing technologies including graphic design services and electronic publishing supporting both Mac and PC formats, full-color and multi-color printing, digital color output, high speed and color copying, print management solutions, complete finishing services, promotional products and project consulting. “Customers are increasingly demanding more sophisticated printing capabilities and high-quality printing solutions,” Wood said. “These enhanced services will have a positive impact on the businesses and organizations that make up a large part of our customer base.” The history of Pony Express Printing goes back many years. It first started as the in-plant printing and binding operation of the Auburn Journal and operated for many years as the commercial printing arm of the Auburn Journal. It was made a separate entity in the summer of 1980 when Bud Pisarek purchased the printing and binding equipment from Brehm Communications, which had acquired the Auburn Journal around that time. Pisarek named the business Pony Express Printers after the insert he sent weekly inside the Colfax Record, which Pisarek also owned at the time. The Littaus have owned the firm since 1986. Allegra Print & Imaging is locally owned and operated but is a member of Allegra Network, one of the world’s largest printing franchises linking nearly 500 locations in the United States, Canada, Poland and Japan, Wood said.