Tseshaht First Nation and Catalyst Paper, a Paper Excellence company, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out the intentions of both parties to build a collaborative relationship together. “This document outlines many objectives. None are more important than all of us recognizing and respecting the aboriginal rights of the Tseshaht Nation,” said Walter Tarnowsky, General Manager, Catalyst Port Alberni. “While the signing of this document marks the culmination of a lot of people’s efforts, it truly marks the beginning of a process. We must not look at this process of reconciliation as one of simply understanding and empathizing. It must be a process of genuine change and resolution.” “For Tseshaht it is really important, not just because of the location of the paper mill here, but the history that was once here as a village, as a community, as employment for many of our community members from decades ago until recently. We have members who work here now. It’s a totally interconnected feeling for us, it’s not just about jobs; it’s about sharing history, it’s about sharing culture. It’s about their connection to the Somass River here and how close they are. We’re excited about it,” said Wahmeesh Ken Watts, elected Chief Councillor for Tseshaht First Nation.
Sole Source Capital LLC, an industrial-focused private equity firm, announced today that its portfolio company, I.D. Images (“IDI”), a premier provider of product identification solutions, has made three significant acquisitions over the past five months. IDI’s acquisitions of Digital Printing Concepts, Multi-Action Communications, and Valley Forge Tape & Label Company have more than doubled the size of the company and extended its reach to several new markets across the U.S. and Canada since it became a Sole Source Capital portfolio company in August 2021. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
IDI manufactures high-quality durable and graphic intensive labels that address a broad range of product identification needs for a variety of end markets. Digital Printing Concepts, founded in 2003 and based in East Providence, RI, is a manufacturer of custom durable variable data labels that are utilized in warehouse logistics. Headquartered in Quebec, Canada, Multi-Action Communications is a manufacturer of logistics, grocery, track-and-trace, and prime labels to customers throughout Canada and the United States. The company was founded in 1993 and operates out of three manufacturing facilities across Canada. Based in Exton, PA and founded in 1962, Valley Forge Tape & Label Company is a longstanding, full-service manufacturer of custom printed self-adhesive labels for the Food and Beverage, Healthcare, and Consumer Products industries.
IDI now has 14 manufacturing and distribution locations across the U.S. and Canada, including its headquarters in Brunswick, OH. The combined businesses will yield significant technological and operational synergies as well as deliver enhanced cross-selling opportunities to a broader set of clients. Digital Printing Concepts will increase IDI’s custom track-and-trace label product mix, Multi-Action will further increase IDI’s food and beverage customer base and add three Canadian facilities, and Valley Forge will further enhance IDI’s custom-printed pressure sensitive label capabilities.
“Sole Source Capital and IDI are excited to partner with Digital Printing Concepts, Multi-Action Communications and Valley Forge Tape & Label,” said David Fredston, Founder and CEO of Sole Source Capital. “All three companies have a strong heritage within the labels industry, and we are pleased with the growth we’ve achieved in a few short months.”
“We believe that Sole Source Capital’s M&A and operating expertise, alongside IDI’s skilled operators will propel Digital Printing Concepts, Multi-Action Communications and Valley Forge to new heights,” said Scott Sussman, Partner and CIO of Sole Source Capital. “Sole Source Capital is excited to continue seeking out new partnerships in the labels space as we scale the IDI platform.”