Consolidating Documents Can Saveyou Money, Time

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Byline: Kathryn Grondin

If your business or organization keeps a lot of paper records, Horizon Publications Group in St. Charles could save you money and space.

The firm, which recently opened offices at 1519 E. Main St., Suite 200, can convert medical records, legal documents, technical manuals, financial records and large format engineering drawings into digital images on CDs.

Horizon's archival retrieval software then allows customers to access needed information, which also can be transferred from microfilm and microfiche, at the touch of a button. The firm can deliver the digital files through CD-ROM, DVD, the Internet or loaded onto a network server.

The software can be used or stored and viewed on any standard PC, including Pentium-based computers running Windows 95 or later.

"We will pick up the documents, convert them digitally and customize the software for the client," said Eric Slater, office manager for the St. Charles site. "They specify access from a PC over a server, from CDs or even over the Internet.

"Multiple people can access documents simultaneously and print them."

Slater's father, Ernie, and a former partner launched the company two years ago in Quincy, Ill., after coordinating numerous manuals and other paperwork for his former employer. The industrial manufacturing firm kept the industrial engineer busy as it bought out several businesses.

Horizon launched its first branch in St. Louis in January 2000 and then expanded to the Tri-Cities in December to serve the Fox Valley and other Chicago suburbs.

Horizon also can convert and organize electronic files for easier management. …