Rohrer Corp. : Setting a Blistering Pace

Pictured, from the left, are Rob van Gilse, vice president of sales and marketing for Rohrer Corp., along with Scot Adkins, president and CEO.

Rohrer Corp.’s latest pressroom equipment acquisition was installed at its Buford, GA, plant: a new eight-over-two color, 41˝ Komori LSX8402RP sheetfed offset perfector equipped with fully automatic plate changers, an in-line coater and extended delivery.

A printed sheet coming off Rohrer Corp.’s Komori LSX8402RP press is inspected for color by a worker.

Shown is an overview shot of the pressroom at Rohrer’s Wadsworth, OH, facility.

A 10-color Comco flexographic press at Rohrer Corp.

Rohrer Corp.’s thermoformed blisters on a Sencorp thermoformer that will then be heat-sealed onto Rohrer’s printed blister cards.

A closeup shot of Rohrer Corp.’s Signature folder/gluer in action.

There has always been a bit of a sibling rivalry syndrome when it comes to commercial printing and package printing. The former eyes the latter with jealous envy, as a possible ancillary target in order to scare up growth possibilities. The package printing people scoff in response, frustrated and feeling a bit disrespected at how lightly the manufacturing aspect of their trade is regarded.

The world of package printing, much like its commercial counterpart, is largely fragmented. Consolidation is a fact of life for both genres, and each has its cluster of roll-up kingpins that have enjoyed varying degrees of success. Newcomers to the M&A arena, however, are difficult to find on either side of the printing aisle.

For a company that’s phonetically pronounced “roar,” the good folks at Wadsworth, OH-based Rohrer Corp. have spent much of their 38-year existence excelling, yet purposely not making a whole lot of noise in the process.

That is all about to change.

The kings of thermoform plastic and face-seal/heat-seal blister cards have thrown their hats into the M&A ring with great zest. Even after 38 consecutive years without suffering a year-over-year sales loss, Rohrer Corp. is seeking growth through acquisition, not just of the organic variety. Following the switch of majority ownership from John and David Rohrer to a private equity group in late 2009, the company began to embark on negotiations with various package printing companies.

No Sinking Ships Wanted

However, don’t misunderstand the intentions of Rohrer Corp. According to Scot Adkins, company president and CEO, the optimal candidates need to bring strength to the table.

“We’re currently involved in conversations with a couple of companies,” he reveals. “We’re looking for viable acquisition opportunities, not turnaround-type businesses that are failing. The best candidates are well-run companies with products and customers that either complement what we do or that can add to—from a process standpoint—a type of packaging/end market in which we aren’t currently involved. We’re sort of in mid-process of looking for companies that are interested in becoming a part of Rohrer.”

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