The Lowe-Martin Group

The Lowe-Martin Group

April 12, 2012 14:05 ET

The Lowe-Martin Group Acquires Dollco Integrated Print Solutions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2012) - The Lowe-Martin Group, Canada's premier print and communications services provider since 1908, has acquired Dollco Integrated Print Solutions, a highly-regarded and successful publications and product marketing specialist based in Ottawa. The acquisition adds Dollco's experience and market reach to The Lowe-Martin Group's award-winning suite of print-related offerings.

Dollco, which has been in business since 1918 and owned by the Nicholds family since 1956, will operate as a division of the Lowe-Martin Group, specializing in publication and web printing. Kevin Nicholds, the President of Dollco, will assume the title of President and oversee the new division. He will be responsible for guiding The Lowe-Martin Group's growth in the publication and web printing markets, and will play a key role in the development of Lowe-Martin's marketing and business development strategies.

"Dollco has a well-earned reputation as a high-quality, customer-focused print and communications supplier," said Ward Griffin, CEO of The Lowe-Martin Group. "The Nicholds family has contributed a great deal to our industry and our community, so it is a pleasure for me to welcome Kevin Nicholds to our executive team. Dollco's staff has worked hard to develop the company's reputation for excellence. In recent years, Dollco has been recognized as Canada's Family Business of the Year and as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies. The skills and professional dedication they bring to Lowe-Martin will add immeasurably to the value we bring to our customers."

Mr. Nicholds emphasized the benefits the acquisition would bring to Dollco's customers and staff. "I've known Ward for many years and have always held his company and its products in the highest regard. Lowe-Martin is innovative and customer-driven. We share the same values and the same vision for our industry. The wide range of products and services we offer together will make it easier and more cost- effective for our customers to succeed with their marketing and communications plans."

Lowe-Martin offers an extensive set of marketing services, which include: high-quality offset printing; publication printing and subscription services; direct and multi-channel marketing; online ordering; mobile app development; and logistics and fulfillment. At the recent Canadian Printing Awards, Lowe-Martin won gold in five categories, including 'Best of Show' and 'Canada's Most Environmentally Progressive Printer'. Lowe-Martin maintains production facilities in Ottawa and Mississauga. Its plants are ISO certified and the Mississauga plant is a certified carbon-neutral printer.

Mr. Griffin was enthusiastic about the Lowe-Martin Group's prospects for the future. "Our vision is to help our customers succeed by improving the quality of their communications and reducing their overall cost of doing business. With this acquisition, we can continue to deliver the highest-quality products at any run length. The synergies between our companies provide new opportunities for product development and enhanced levels of customer service. Our customers can be confident that they can rely on us for many years to come."

About The Lowe-Martin Group: The Lowe-Martin Group is a printing and marketing services provider, headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. In business since 1908, the company employs 320 people and operates printing plants in Ottawa and Mississauga. Lowe-Martin offers sheet-fed offset printing, colour and black digital printing, direct marketing, logistics and specialty stamp printing. Lowe-Martin's e-business services, branded as OmniConnex, include order-entry systems, customized document creation and mobile app development.

About Dollco Integrated Print Solutions: Dollco is a family-owned and -operated business with a long history of entrepreneurship and technological innovation; it is an essential business resource for magazine publishers and product marketers in Canada. Located in Ottawa, Dollco employs 260 people in a single plant that features the most complete set of print production services in Canada integrated into advanced e-commerce systems for its customers.

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