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WS Packaging Group purchases offset printing company

Acquisition of Business Graphics Printing allows WS Packaging to offer full range of services to its clients.

October 12, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN—WS Packaging Group, Inc. has acquired Business Graphics Printing Inc., a Knoxville, TN-based company specializing in offset printing and production of instructional booklets and inserts.

Founded in 2003, Business Graphics Printing is an industry leading offset printer of product literature booklets, which are a critical component in end-use applications that have strict regulatory requirements for product information, such as in the pharmaceutical industry. It also produces technical literature for major appliance and outdoor equipment markets.

“Under the leadership of Charles Gaut, president, and Randy England, vice-president, Business Graphics Printing has established itself in a leadership position on the basis of its overall technical competence and capabilities in offset printing of booklets and multi-fold inserts,” says WS Packaging chief executive officer Rex Lane. “They have a partnership mentality that has allowed them to continue to grow and deliver expanded capabilities. Their innovative solutions create value and are further defined by an ongoing commitment to well-established lean manufacturing processes.”

Business Graphics Printing has 22 employees and operates in a new 13,500-square-foot facility that opened in the fall of 2007.

“Our lean manufacturing process fully complements the overall services offering of WS Packaging Group,” states Business Graphics Printing president Charles Gaut. “We’ve built Business Graphics Printing on meeting the specialized offset needs instructional booklets and pamphlets require. Adding these capabilities to the WS Packaging portfolio creates a broader opportunity to serve customers from a single-source platform.”

Adds Randy England, vice-president, Business Graphics Printing: ““Without a doubt, this is a very solid cultural fit between our two companies. Our collective resources will allow us to fully leverage a complete solutions approach to meeting the needs of our customers.”

Both companies agree that the lean manufacturing processes and systems Business Graphics Printing has established fit well with the WS Packaging IMPACT Business System, a business model that drives decision making throughout the company. The new approach applies innovative change through lean practices that positively impacts the company, its employees and its customers.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WS Packaging Group, Inc., with more than 45 years of experience is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 21 manufacturing facilities and produces high-quality packaging products. WS Packaging Group is majority owned by J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. (JWC), a private-equity firm based in Boston, Mass., investing in middle-market growth companies. Since 1995, JWC has invested in over 40 companies, with a transaction value of more than $12 billion.

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