Printing company acquires printer


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A printing company has acquired a printer in the region.

Rick Burrough, owner of Lapeer-based Michigan Web Press, said today his company has signed an agreement to acquire Stafford Printing in Greenville from siblings Rob Stafford and Julie Stafford. Stafford Printing is a family-owned business with roots dating back to the 1960s.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close June 3, were not disclosed.

Burrough is also acquiring The Daily News in Greenville from the Staffords via his other company, View Newspaper Group.

“We are excited to grow both our newspaper company and our printing company with the addition of The Daily News and Stafford Printing,” Burrough said.

“The acquisition of Stafford Printing strategically positions our company to more readily serve newspapers and other printing clients on the west side of the state,” said Todd Hagerman, general manager, Michigan Web Press.

“We look forward to working with our new team members to provide the best quality, service and value to all of our clients.”

Michigan Web Press plans to retain the roughly 70 employees who work for Stafford Printing.

The acquisition includes Stafford’s printing plant, which will continue to operate at 1005 E. Fairplains St.

Rob Stafford, who joined the company in 1990, plans to pursue other interests.

Julie Stafford, who became publisher of The Daily News in 2012, will stay on and become regional publisher for The Daily News and Stafford Printing.

“I am really grateful in this day and age to have found what I consider to be a fantastic partnership of like minds dedicated not only to local journalism, but also folks who have a print-first way of thinking,” she said.

Stafford Printing

Stafford Printing’s roots date to the mid-1960s, when John Stafford started a heat-set, offset web commercial print company called Printco, which was later sold and is today called Quad Graphics.

With an expanding list of regular newspaper print customers, John Stafford eventually moved his presses from The Daily News building to a new production facility in Greenville, where it then began to grow as Stafford Printing.

Stafford has more than 160 customers, including daily, weekly and monthly publications, such as The Detroit Jewish News, Michigan Farm News, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Woods-N-Water News, Rockford Squire and Grand Haven Tribune.

Michigan Web Press

Founded in 1979 and acquired by Burrough in 1999, Michigan Web Press serves more than 60 newspaper and publishing companies, printing more than 120 daily, weekly and monthly newspaper and periodical titles.

The company prints about 3 million papers every week distributed throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

Clients include The County Press, View Newspaper Group, C&G Newspapers, The (MSU) State News, the (U-M) Michigan Daily and many others.

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