Acme Bookbinding and The HF Group to Merge
HFG has diversified and grown its historical preservation services through Etherington Conservation, its book and paper digitization division and County Records restoration division.
Both Acme and HFG have experience in digital short run and print on demand book manufacturing, producing a myriad of book products including travel books, year books, children’s books, photo books and books for the self-publishing author. The combined company is committed to further investment in its digital and on demand production, which it currently serves from its facilities in Boston, Massachusetts and North Manchester, Indiana.
Jay Fairfield, president of The HF Group commented, “Publishers, scholastic, and library markets, booksellers, printers and binders are all looking for partners and service providers who evolve, grow and remain financially strong as industry paradigms change. The heart of this merger and the partnership among the Parisi, Heckman and Fairfield families is our combined experience, manufacturing resources and leadership in our core markets as well as in our growth markets.”
Acme Bookbinding, a family-owned business with roots to 1821, has been a leading force in the trade book binding and library binding markets. Additionally, Acme owns and operates the Harcourt Bindery division, producer of hand-tooled leather bindings and custom clam shell boxes, and its AM Sulkin division serves city, county and municipal registries. From its 100,000 square foot facility in Boston, Massachusetts, Acme produces hard and soft cover books in quantities of hundreds of thousands alongside thousands of orders of one book. The company currently employs approximately 125 people.
About HF Group
The HF Group has been a library binding and preservation leader for over 50 years. In addition to its binding operations, HFG is the owner of Etherington Conservation Services (conservation), Book Partners (digital book production), Digital Conversion solutions (book, paper and document conversion), RecordSave (county records restoration) and AssureVault (records and data storage and management). HFG (The former Heckman Bindery, Inc. and ICIBinding Corporation) operates production, sales and transportation facilities in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Washington and Hawaii. The HF Group is headquartered in Chesterland, Ohio, and employs approximately 325 people.