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Quad/Graphics Acquires Dallas-Based Williamson Printing

February 1, 2012
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SUSSEX, WI—Feb. 1, 2012—Quad/Graphics Inc. has purchased Williamson Printing, a full-service commercial and specialty products printer specializing in short- to medium-run catalogs, case-bound books, direct mail and other promotional products based in Dallas. The acquisition expands the Quad’s growing U.S. network of commercial and specialty print facilities to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States.

Jesse Williamson, president of Williamson Printing, will continue in his leadership role with the new QuadWilliamson. His brother, Jerry, chairman and CEO of Williamson Printing, will serve as an advisor before retiring in the near future, at a date yet to be determined.

“Williamson is an exceptional printing company with a long list of regional and national clients,” said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. “It has a superior reputation for quality, service and innovation, and its experience and success in growing its commercial and specialty printing business will complement our own growth plans for that segment.”

Williamson’s two Dallas facilities will join Quad/Graphics’ Commercial & Specialty group, which also operates facilities in Burlington, Menomonee Falls and New Berlin, WI; Enfield, CT; and Leominster, MA. The group provides publishers, marketers and retailers with specialized print products and services, including specialty books, catalogs and directories; marketing collateral; print-on-demand custom publications; specialty binding; and mailing and fulfillment.

Craig Faust, president of Quad/Graphics’ Commercial & Specialty group, said Williamson is part of an ongoing plan to grow commercial and specialty printing services. “Through strategic investments in technology and capabilities, we’re building a more complete, innovative and cost-effective platform for our clients while maintaining the high level of personal interaction and service they expect.”

Jesse Williamson said Quad/Graphics’ financial strength and stability plus a mutual commitment to innovation and service excellence will produce a winning combination. “We’re both innovative printers at heart, and we’re passionate about print’s crucial role in today’s multimedia landscape. The combined QuadWilliamson brand will create more value and more solutions for more clients.”

About Quad/Graphics
Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD) is a global provider of print and related multichannel solutions for consumer magazines, special interest publications, catalogs, retail inserts and circulars, direct mail, books, directories, and commercial and specialty products, including in-store signage. Headquartered in Sussex, Wis. (just west of Milwaukee), the company has approximately 24,000 full-time equivalent employees working from approximately 60 print-production facilities as well as other support locations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

About Williamson Printing
Williamson Printing Corp. is a full-service commercial printing, binding, distribution and project-management company comprised of five operating divisions: Williamson Printing, Williamson Express, Williamson International; Fulfillment Center and Printing Resource Management. Williamson produces a wide range of catalogs, case-bound books, direct mail and other promotional products for local, regional, national and international corporations. High quality, exceptional customer service and its commitment to environmental sustainability have differentiated Williamson in today’s competitive print markets. Founded in 1884 (as The Dorsey Company), Williamson Printing Corporation is headquartered in Dallas.

Source: Quad.
 

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