Quad Acquires Commercial and Specialty Printer Williamson Printing Corporation

Quad/Graphics, Inc. has purchased Dallas-based Williamson Printing Corporation, a full-service commercial and specialty products printer specializing in short- to medium-runcatalogs, case-bound books, direct mail and other promotional products. The acquisition expands the company's growing U.S. network of commercial and specialty print facilities to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States.

"Williamson is an exceptional printing company with a long list of regional and national clients," said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics. "It has a superior reputation for quality, service and innovation, and its experience and success in growing its commercial and specialty printing business will complement our own growth plans for that segment."

Williamson's two Dallas facilities will join Quad/Graphics' Commercial & Specialty group, which also operates facilities in Burlington, Menomonee Falls and New Berlin, Wis.; Enfield, Conn.; and Leominster, Mass. The group provides publishers, marketers and retailers with specialized print products and services, including specialty books, catalogs and directories; marketing collateral; print-on-demand custom publications; specialty binding; and mailing and fulfillment.

Craig Faust, President of Quad/Graphics' Commercial & Specialty group, said Williamson is part of an ongoing plan to grow commercial and specialty printing services: "Through strategic investments in technology and capabilities, we're building a more complete, innovative and cost-effective platform for our clients while maintaining the high level of personal interaction and service they expect."

Jesse Williamson, President of Williamson Printing, said Quad/Graphics' financial strength and stability plus a mutual commitment to innovation and service excellence will produce a winning combination: "We're both innovative printers at heart, and we're passionate about print's crucial role in today's multimedia landscape. The combined QuadWilliamson brand will create more value and more solutions for more clients."

Williamson will continue in his leadership role with QuadWilliamson. His brother, Jerry Williamson, Chairman & CEO of Williamson Printing, will serve as an advisor before retiring in the near future, at a date yet to be determined.

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