R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier in the 2014 John Deere Achieving Excellence program. RR Donnelley was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing communication products and services of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. RR Donnelley provides prepress services, magazines, and catalogs to John Deere operations in the U.S., Australia and EMEA. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. Partner-level status is Deere's highest supplier rating and is awarded to suppliers who go beyond John Deere's performance standards, who achieve excellent service levels, and who have a measurable impact on customer satisfaction.
Ennis, Inc., announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire the assets of Integrated Print & Graphics (IPG) in South Elgin, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. IPG has been in the Chicago marketplace since the 1970s and does about $20 million in sales annually.
The Ennis subsidiary, operating under the IPG brand and name, will lease the current facility from the current owner for several years with options to renew. The current owner, Gary Mozina, will not continue as an employee of IPG.
The employees will continue their employment with the newly acquired IPG and produce the same products with the same quality and attention to customer service as before. Ennis believes that the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the current year. Ennis expects to sign and close the Asset Purchase Agreement effective the close of business March 16, 2019.
Keith Walters, chairman, CEO and president of Ennis, Inc., commented by stating, “We are very pleased to add IPG to the Ennis family. IPG provides some additional capabilities to our product line and its focus on high color commercial print to the direct mail channel is consistent with our desire to expand this product line throughout the Ennis business model. These products are sold through our normal sales channel of independent distributors, so this business complements our current business model. We think this will enhance our current product mix and allow us to pursue more expansive product lines in the integrated product market.”