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Smyth Companies acquires Dow Industries

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Two of the premier Label printers in North America are now one entity as Smyth Companies, LLC of St Paul, MN has announced the acquisition of Dow Industries of Wilmington, MA., one of the world’s most decorated label printer, winning countless awards around the globe for its unsurpassed high-definition flexographic printing processes, used in the Health and Beauty markets and other demanding consumer goods segments.

“Walter Dow has been a long time friend whose company I’ve admired from afar, and I’m delighted that he has aligned with Smyth,” says John Hickey, Smyth chief executive officer. “Our goal will be to provide the industry’s highest quality label production for those companies who demand the very best.”

Smyth has been in business for 133 years, and recently partnered with Novacap, a Montreal-based private equity firm, to help Smyth in its quest to be the most relevant label company in the industry to the high end consumer goods companies.

With established production locations in Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado, and the addition of the Dow facility in Massachusetts, Smyth will now employ approximately 400 people. The company specializes in package labeling for mass marketed consumer goods products, and serves clients in the food and beverage, personal care, household care, and beer markets, among others.


Smyth sought the acquisition of Dow because of Dow’s eastern U.S. location, market reach, and print technologies employed. Dow Industries was founded in 1978 by Walter Dow.

Smyth Companies is one of the largest label producers in North America. In addition to primary package labels, Smyth produces in-pack and on-pack promotional labels and application equipment. The company has headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, and operates five production facilities located in Minnesota, Virginia, and Colorado while employing some 350 people.

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