Walsworth Publishing Makes Its Acquisition of The Ovid Bell Press Official
MARCELINE, MO—Jan. 2, 2013—Walsworth Publishing announced today it has acquired The Ovid Bell Press in Fulton, MO. Both companies will continue to operate as they do currently. John Bell will remain as CEO of The Ovid Bell Press.
“Despite a weak business economy, Walsworth is in a growth mode. Our acquisition of Ovid Bell Press will make Walsworth a more successful company—a company that is focused on exceeding the needs of our customers and employees for many years to come,” commented Don O. Walsworth, CEO of Walsworth Publishing.
Founded in 1924, The Ovid Bell Press is a leading short-run publication printer serving publishers of magazines and journals. Its 85,000-square-foot facility is equipped with direct-to-plate technology, heatset web presses and a bindery that offers saddle-stitching or perfect binding with ancillary services.
“This is an exciting opportunity. Under the new ownership, The Ovid Bell Press will be able to grow faster and offer our clients added benefits,” said John Bell, CEO of The Ovid Bell Press. “The acquisition has a positive impact on the Fulton community as well. This secures the staying power of our printing facility well into the future.”
“Ovid Bell is a good fit for Walsworth because it produces similar products and shares the same values we do, such as providing outstanding customer service; relying on a strong tradition of family ownership; and maintaining a sincere commitment to its employees and communities, “ added Don Walsworth, president of Walsworth Publishing.
Walsworth Publishing is among the 50 largest printing companies in the U.S. and top 10 book printers. The company is also the only American- and family-owned publisher of yearbooks. Started in 1937 by Walsworth brothers Don, Ed and Bill, current leadership is under the second and third generations: Don O. Walsworth, CEO, and his son, Don Walsworth, president.