Two Leading Austin Printing Firms Combine Operations

HOUSTON—Dec. 18, 2012—Nationwide Argosy Solutions and The Whitley Group (TWG) announce the combining of Cerqa LLC, a division of Nationwide, with The Whitley Group, a leading Austin, TX-based graphic-communications firm. TWG’s services include digital printing, sheetfed offset printing, fulfillment and database marketing. Cerqa is Nationwide’s largest fulfillment, small- and large-format digital, offset and ad-specialty distribution division in the southern U.S. region. The combined company will be named The Whitley Group (TWG).

“Combining TWG and Cerqa is a great opportunity to build on our individual strengths by offering our customers a broader platform of services,” said Karl Kluetz, president of Cerqa. “We are pleased to have our teams come together to deliver full-service solutions to our significant customer base.”

Founded in Austin 22 years ago, Cerqa works with Fortune 500 companies, financial, telecommunications and insurance-related companies. It is one of eight U.S. divisions owned by Houston-based Nationwide Argosy Solutions, a company that specializes in technology, graphic communications and fulfillment.

TWG President Kevin Cassis said, “Nationwide and Cerqa have made technology the foundation of their businesses. Combining these services with the proven quality offset printing capability of TWG in the Austin market will make a huge difference in our changing industry. We’re confident that our customers will benefit from these solutions in conjunction with our extensive printing services.”

“We’re excited about this combination,” added Mark Berkey, Nationwide’s CEO. “TWG’s respected 62-year history of exceeding customer expectations and continually modernizing their service offering with innovative new products aligns perfectly with our core objectives. The Whitley Group will be Austin’s most experienced, technologically advanced and customer-centric graphic communications service provider.”

Cassis will serve as president of the newly combined company with Karl Kluetz continuing to serve as regional vice president, responsible for Nationwide’s southern U.S. region, including TWG, Austin; Page International, Houston;, and Franklin Dodd Communications, Miami.