AlphaGraphics shops in Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Sandy, Ogden and Provo soon will be linked via satellite to two similar operations in the Soviet Union, the first such venture authorized by the Soviet government and the first non-government printing plants there since the early 1930s.

Some Soviet officials are being trained in Tucson, Ariz., on the operation of two high-technology AlphaGraphics Printshops and will open the stores in Moscow early next year. AlphaGraphics stores from other parts of the country also will be linked to the Soviet operations that will allow the transmission and receipt of camera-ready documents directly to and from Moscow.Rodger Ford, AlphaGraphics president and founder, said three additional Soviet citizens will be trained in Tucson later this year.

Ford also announced the company will be getting into other international markets in the future, meaning the Utah stores will be linked via satellite in those areas as well.