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Ovation Graphics Acquires the Assets of Branch-Smith Printing

January 5, 2012
FORT WORTH, TX—Jan. 5, 2012—Daniel Hanson, president of Ovation Graphics, has announced that Ovation Graphics, a privately-held company, has purchased substantially all of the business assets of Branch-Smith Printing. Terms of the asset acquisition were not disclosed.

As part of its purchase, Ovation Graphics obtained the rights to the Branch-Smith name, continuing a 102 year-old tradition while concluding over 100 years of Branch family ownership.

“We believe there is significant inherent goodwill in the Branch-Smith name, and Ovation is honored to continue to use the Branch-Smith trade name while serving a growing field of clients locally and nationally from our Fort Worth headquarters,” said Hanson, who was also with Branch-Smith Printing for more than 14 years prior to the acquisition of its assets by Ovation Graphics.

Branch-Smith, the oldest printer in Tarrant County and the third oldest in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, had 2010 gross sales of $15.3 million and currently has 80 employees. The company specializes in providing high quality creative, commercial printing, binding and mailing services to a broad range of national publishers of association journals, catalogs, city magazines, business-to-business magazines, corporate newsletters, special-interest periodicals, and academic publications and books, as well as producing large-format packaging and retail marketing products.

Ovation is remodeling its 63,000-square-foot office and plant facilities at 120 St. Louis Ave. just south of downtown Fort Worth. Soon to grace the walls will be replicas of the Branch-Smith company timeline, historic photos that recognize the remarkable heritage, and documents reflecting accolades, awards, and honors bestowed on Branch-Smith over the years.

Well respected in the national printing industry, Branch-Smith boasts tenure as the longest-running continuously ISO-certified commercial printer in the United States, as well as being the only commercial printer in America (and one of only 92 companies nationwide) to have ever been awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the President of the United States.

In addition, the company holds the Forest Stewardship Council Certification that assures consumers that the company uses environmentally-conscious printing standards to support well managed forests, controlled sources, and reclaimed materials use.

In the North Texas area, Ussery Printing, an Ovation Graphics affiliated company based in Irving, and Branch-Smith are among the most respected commercial printers in the market. Both rank in the top 20 commercial printing companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area according to the Dallas Business Journal’s annually published “Book of Lists.”

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