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    The Courtenay operations of Island Ink-Jet are no more.
    Company CEO Carey Porcher has shut down all operations of the company headquarters.Independent franchisees will continue to run using inks from other suppliers.Porcher said the company has been losing money since it lost 100 US locations three years ago.It has also had a fall out with a former president, who now runs his own company Island Ink-Jet and Toner, and has lost loyalty from some of the franchisees, said Porcher.”He took some of them with him,” said Porcher.Head office also paid Wal-Mart rents directly, leaving it in a lurch when royalties and rents stopped coming in from those outlets, said Porcher.

    The company had less than a dozen employees in Courtenay when it closed its doors.
    At one point it had more 260 locations and employed as many as 75 people locally.The company was formed in 1999 when Porcher and Rob Dixon began filling ink cartridges out of a garage. It set up its corporate head offices in downtown Courtenay until last year, when it moved all its operations to the home of its assembly plant on Puntledge Road.Dixon will continue refilling cartridges out of a McPhee Avenue location beginning Oct. 1.
    Inky’s will remain in Sahali Centre Mall
    The ink hasn’t dried yet on one Kamloops company.Though the Island Ink-Jet franchise has called it quits, the owner-operator of the store in the Sahali Centre Mall is staying in business — albeit with a different name.

    Inky’s Quality Ink and Toner will now replace Island Ink-Jet.
    Owner Harold Sartorius is distancing himself from the founder of the Ink-Jet franchise and expanding his business.“We’re going to be bigger and better,” he told KTW.The new Inky’s will continue to refill cartridges as it has always done, but it will also offer an increased product line, along with a full line of toner cartridges — something the company didn’t have in the past.Last week, Island Ink-Jet’s CEO Carey Porcher sent out a press release stating the company was closing its doors due to “declining monthly revenues.”But that’s not the case for Sartorius’ operation.

    He said business has been fabulous.
    “We have a great client base here . . . we have a great bunch of customers that come to see us and we try to improve our service all the time,” he said.After seven years in the Sahali Centre Mall, Sartorius said he has no intention of moving the business from its current location.
    Island Ink-Jet out of business
    Ink has run out for local company

    After what founder Carey Porcher describes as a three-year battle of declining monthly revenues, triggered by the closing of 100 locations in the U.S., Island Ink Jet is closing.“This is a sad day, as we will all be seeking new employment for Oct. 1,” Porcher says in a news release.In a separate e-mail, he cites “declining monthly revenues of $200,000 and growing” and a royalty decline of 82 per cent during the past 12 months.

    CEO Porcher launched the Island Ink Jet franchise with Courtenay resident Rob Dixon in 1999 as a two-man operation refilling ink cartridges in a garage. Within a few years, Island Ink Jet exploded as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the world, Porcher noted.Island Ink Jet Corporate supplied ink to over 260 locations worldwide and employed as many as 75 people here in the Valley, he adds.  

    Until last week, Island Ink Jet remained Canada’s No. 1 refiller, having achieved system-wide sales exceeding $130 million in its 10 years in the Comox Valley. Island Ink Jet boasted of saving 10 million cartridges from entering the landfills, Porcher adds.  “There were many unforgettable experiences like (Vancouver Island North Liberal candidate) Noor Ahmed walking by for a visit to Corporate office to introduce Canada’s Prime Minister Paul Martin,” says Porcher.

    Island Ink Jet operated in Walmarts throughout Canada and Mexico for almost seven years.A few key staff will remain at IIJ until Sept. 15 selling all remaining IIJ inks and supplies on a Visa or by certified cheque to compliant franchisees basis only.