Walsworth Publishing Obtains Ovid Bell PressJanuary 2013
MARCELINE, MO—Walsworth Publishing 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," said Don O. Walsworth, CEO of Walsworth Publishing.
Founded in 1924, The Ovid Bell Press is a 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 saddlestitching 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," noted John Bell. "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."
Started in 1937 by brothers Don, Ed and Bill, Walsworth Publishing is under the second and third generations: Don O. Walsworth and his son, Don Walsworth. The company, which began printing yearbooks in 1947, operates from administrative offices and printing and binding facilities in Marceline, MO; a prepress facility in Brookfield, MO; a sales and marketing office in Kansas City, MO; and a printing facility in Saint Joseph, MI.