The Standard Group Acquires Whitmore Printing

PARAMUS, NJ—March 8, 2011—The Standard Group (TSG), headquartered in Reading, PA, has acquired Whitmore Printing of Lancaster, PA, a combination that joins two highly respected printing names that have served the central Pennsylvania area for more than a century. Details of the “tuck-in” transaction were not disclosed. The NAPL Mergers & Acquisition Team conducted outreach services on behalf of The Standard Group.

“By using targeted research and leveraging our contacts, we identified potential candidates and initiated confidential communications designed to elicit preliminary interest in a strategic relationship with our client,” said NAPL Senior Vice President John Hyde. “We provided written recommendations on valuing the intangible assets and on structuring the transaction so that our client was able to pay a fair price for gaining a significant customer base from the owners of Whitmore Printing.”

Whitmore Owner Eric Whitmore, a member of the third generation to run the family business since its founding in 1873, will join The Standard Group. The company’s operations will eventually be folded into TSG’s three existing facilities in Lancaster.

“The addition of Whitmore Printing strengthens TSG’s market presence in Pennsylvania as we continue on our path of industry leadership,” said CEO Scott Vaughn. “Whitmore’s customer focus fits perfectly with our vision and its talented staff will join TSG’s exceptional employee team.”

“Throughout our history, we have always prided ourselves on being a highly customer-centric business,” noted Whitmore. “By joining The Standard Group, we will be able to expand the product and service offerings available to our customer base. We made the decision to join TSG because of the values we had in common, our shared belief in always doing the right thing for our customer, no matter how big or small,” he added. “I am excited and invigorated to become part of this industry leading company.”