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The Standard Group Acquires Donald Blyler Offset

Expanding On A Full-Service, Customer-First Approach

East Rutherford, N.J. – 06/07/2011 – The Standard Group, headquartered in Reading, Pa., has announced the acquisition of Donald Blyler Offset (DBO) of Lebanon, Pa. Both companies have deep roots in the printing industry, while also demonstrating success at growing, changing, and expanding to meet the full service and value-added needs of today’s customers.

John Hyde, NAPL Senior Vice President, who along with the NAPL M&A Consulting Practice facilitated the acquisition said, “This transaction speaks volumes about the consolidation trend in the printing industry.”

Scott Vaughn, CEO of the $25 million Standard Group said, “Our mission is to simplify the art of communication for our customers, clients, and partners, and Donald Blyler Offset fits squarely into achieving that mission.”

Added Vaughn, “We’ve admired the company, the way it treats its customers and employees, and the high quality of products it produces for a long time. The addition of DBO to the Standard Group is a great fit.”

Donald Blyler, Owner of DBO echoed Vaughn’s comments. “Over the years I have turned down many opportunities for a sale or merger with very good printing companies because they were not the right partner for us. However that all changed when I toured The Standard Group, met their key people and had the chance to learn about the future direction of the company. Through that meeting and several others in which NAPL’s Consulting Team played a major role, I accepted an offer from The Standard Group. This offer represented an excellent opportunity for my clients, sales team, employees, my family, and The Standard Group. I’m excited about the future for all concerned.”

Hyde, who has been involved with mergers and acquisitions in the printing industry for nearly 20 years, sums up the deal in this way: “One company is seeking growth through strategic acquisition as a way to build long term shareholder value, while the other side is planning an exit strategy to move from ownership toward retirement. The dynamics exemplified by The Standard Group and Donald Blyler Offset reflect careful ownership considerations about growth and succession planning, and we commend them both for their strategic planning and management.”

DBO, which over the years has received several prestigious honors including the Silver Award for Printer of the Year from SAPPI North America and the Top Businessman Award from the Small Business Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, will continue to operate as a stand-alone organization for the foreseeable future, according to Vaughn.

About The Standard Group:  The Standard Group is a communication and creative content delivery partner that combines industry expertise with best-of-class technology to deliver integrated communication solutions via new and traditional media. It has a rich tradition of excellence in the print and communications industries as a result of combining four previously independent companies.

Although printing is embedded firmly in its DNA, it is passionately committed to providing the latest in personalized marketing, digital media solutions, and mailing and fulfillment services. Its experience with variable data, Web-to-print, and 1:1 marketing technologies serves a broad client base that ranges from small, non-profit organizations to large Fortune 500 companies. Although it has grown and changed significantly since its founding in 1895, its core values remain the same: to provide award-winning craftsmanship and superior customer service, and to simplify the art of communication for its clients and partners. www.standardgroup.com

About the NAPL Mergers & Acquisitions Team:  NAPL’s Mergers & Acquisitions Team offers company executives trusted advisors who help them build long-term shareholder value through strategic mergers and acquisitions. The Team provides merger advisory services, as well as helping companies with strategic sale of a business, strategic partner assessment/procurement, acquisition of general intangibles, and post-merger integration services. For information, contact NAPL Senior Vice President Tim Fischer at (201) 523-6376 or tfischer@napl.org  or NAPL Senior Vice President John Hyde at (201) 523-6313 or jhyde@napl.org.

About NAPL:  NAPL is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $80+ billion commercial printing and graphic communications industry in North America. Its comprehensive slate of business-building solutions gives company leaders the management tools they need to make informed business decisions in a changing market environment. For more information, visit www.napl.org  or call .


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