Acme Bookbinding Joining Forces with The HF Group

CHARLESTOWN, MA—Acme Bookbinding, based here, and The HF Group (HFG) of Chesterland, OH, have merged. The family-owned business, which will continue to operate from their respective locations under their current names, specialize in trade and edition binding, library binding, deluxe leather hand binding, book and paper conservation and digital printing and binding.

“The book manufacturing industry has experienced rapid change as the Internet Revolution has necessitated new products and services,” said Paul Parisi, president of Acme. “With this merger, Acme and HFG not only leverage their strengths in mature markets, but increase their capacity in growing markets. Acme and HFG, while growing and investing in these new markets, will continue to preserve historic treasures, build tomorrow’s collectible, convert analog to digital for wider access, store and secure data, deliver a book that memorializes a life, or a creative dream, and with a product that always brings a smile.”

Both Acme and HFG have roots in the library binding industry. The companies have also invested heavily in technology to diversify their product mix and to maximize efficiency. Acme has focused on the trade binding segment. HFG has diversified and grown its historical preservation services through Etherington Conservation, its book and document digitization division, and its county records restoration division. Both Acme and HFG have experience in digital short-run and print-on-demand book manufacturing, producing a myriad of book products including travel books, year books, children’s books, photo books and books for the self-publishing author.

Acme employs approximately 125 people and HFC currently has roughly 325 workers.