Medford, OR

KANSAS CITY, KS—San Francisco-based Kelmscott Communications has signed a letter of intent to acquire Spangler Printers, a $26 million, full-service printer based here. Founded in 1941, Spangler is the consolidator's fourth acquisition in two months. In July, Kelmscott acquired Watermark Press in San Francisco, Printing Control in Seattle, and Commercial Printing Company/CDS in Medford, OR. "We welcome Gary Staab and his talented management team into the Kelmscott family," says President and CEO Ron Jensen. "Spangler has an impressive breadth of capabilities, including sheetfed and web printing, as well as bindery, fulfillment and mailing, which gives all our member companies important new cross-selling opportunities."

San Francisco—The Quebecor acquisition of World Color Press dwarfs any other merger and acquisition news in the printing industry, but the industry's other players have not been idle in the past weeks. Perhaps most notable was the news that yet another company has joined an increasingly crowded field of companies seeking to consolidate the still-fragmented North American commercial printing market. The new kid on the block is San Francisco-based Kelmscott Communications LLC, and its first major deal is the acquisition of three printing companies: Watermark Press in San Francisco; Printing Control in Seattle; and Commercial Printing/CDS in Medford, OR. The three boast aggregate sales

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