June 5, 2019
CJK Group, Inc. Acquires Assets of Thomson-Shore
BRAINERD, Minn., May 10, 2019—CJK Group, Inc. announced today that it has closed on an agreement to acquire the assets of the Dexter, Michigan–based book printer, Thomson-Shore, Inc.
Thomson-Shore filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 25, 2019 with the intent to sell its assets quickly under the guidance of the bankruptcy court as opposed to restructuring or liquidating the company. CJK Group CEO, Chris Kurtzman, stepped forward and offered debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing that allowed the company to continue operating throughout the bankruptcy process and ultimately positioned CJK Group as the preferred bidder for Thomson-Shore’s assets.
With three manufacturing sites with very similar capabilities located so close together, it is necessary to consolidate operations to achieve efficiencies that ensure the viability of the overall CJK Group organization. Going forward, the Thomson-Shore assets, employees, and facility will be aligned under the Sheridan brand. Most of the Dexter operations and equipment will be transferred to Sheridan’s Chelsea, MI facility, where a 25,000–square foot expansion begun last fall will help the consolidation efforts. Originally slated for warehouse and storage, the expansion in Chelsea is being converted to accommodate production operations, and ultimately the Dexter site will operate as a satellite warehouse for the Chelsea facility. The balance of equipment not relocating to Chelsea will move to Sheridan’s Grand Rapids, MI location or to CJK Group’s Bang Printing facility in Brainerd, MN.
October 5, 2018
CJK Group, Inc. Expands Capabilities by Acquiring Assets of Dickinson Press and Kingsport Book
BRAINERD, MN - October 5, 2018—CJK Group, Inc. announced today that it has closed an agreement to acquire the assets of Dickinson Press, LLC and Kingsport Book, LLC. The acquisition will bring added capabilities to the entire CJK portfolio of companies. From an organizational standpoint, the assets of each company will flow under CJK Group company Sheridan, and the sites will operate as Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids and Sheridan Specialty Binding, respectively.
Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids, located in Grand Rapids, MI, features a wide variety of printing services including lithographic and digital printing, perfect and case binding, as well as warehousing, and fulfillment services. These capabilities nicely complement Sheridan’s existing book printing operation based in nearby Chelsea, MI. Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids’ ability to print on thin, lightweight paper will allow CJK Group and Sheridan to establish a greater presence in the religious printing niche.
The Sheridan Specialty Binding location in Church Hill, TN adds high-end book finishing and fulfillment capabilities to the CJK portfolio. The equipment platform produces deluxe trade and soft cover books with extra touches including edge staining or gilding, tabs and ribbons, as well as embossing, debossing, foil stamping, and spine hubbing. Located along the I-81 corridor, Sheridan Specialty Binding also includes a rapidly growing fulfillment and book distribution division.
CEO of CJK Group Chris Kurtzman states, “We are very excited about this transaction. The addition of lightweight paper printing capabilities at Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids combined with the specialty finishing at Sheridan Specialty Binding expands the service offerings within our portfolio of companies and for CJK Group customers.”
Sheridan Increases its Digital and Inkjet Print Capabilities with the Addition of Two HP Presses
Hanover, PA—Sheridan, a CJK Group company, is adding two new HP presses to its
Pennsylvania print facility production floor: an HP PageWide T240HD Color Print Inkjet system
equipped with a Duplex Primer system and a Magnum InLine FlexBook Finisher, and an HP
Indigo 12000 B2-format digital press.
These important additions address the growing demand to support the life cycle of books, whether it be with longer-run first printings, reduced print runs, or auto-stock replenishment (ASR) and zero-inventory programs.
The T240HD inkjet press, the second such press at the Pennsylvania site, will significantly increase capacity and the ability to meet the requirements and high demand of the growing POD book market. The Magnum FlexBook system will facilitate the production of high quality fused book blocks. The Indigo 12000 B2 digital press is an upgrade for the facility. The 12000 will print covers and casecovers for both books and journals, and as a result of its increased sheet size capability, it will print larger spine bulks than were previously accommodated. It will effectively double cover capacity and output.
Installation of all new systems will be complete in the fall.
Sheridan Vice President of Operations Paul Loy commented on what the equipment expansion means to Sheridan: “Our customers’ needs continue to guide our decisions, and this expansion in our digital department is no exception. We are thrilled to add these powerful HP units and the Magnum finisher to our production floor. The additional output will allow us to not only meet current customer expectations, but take on more work, specifically in terms of complete POD book programs.”
August 14, 2018
Webcrafters Adds New Goss Sunday 3000 Web Offset Press, Strengthening Service
BRAINERD, Minn., August 14, 2018 —CJK Group, Inc. announced today that it has purchased a 72”-wide Goss Sunday 3000 web offset press for its Webcrafters, Inc. business unit based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The new press features Goss gapless technology for optimum paper savings and is configured with both PFF and combination folders. Additionally, the OmniX system workflow offers presetting capabilities allowing for quick make-ready and consistent quality during the run. The new press is scheduled to arrive in Madison early in the fourth quarter of 2018.
In addition to the Sunday 3000, Webcrafters has acquired, and is in the process of installing, a new EFI enterprise resource planning system, a 10-color sheetfed press, a near line UV coater, a high-capacity collator with integrated high-die, and a juvenile hardcover line. These capital investments are testament to CJK’s promise when it acquired Webcrafters to transform the Madison-based company into a best-in-class printer well positioned for future growth.
CJK Group, Inc.’s CEO, Chris Kurtzman, states: “We’ve been very pleased with the performance of Webcrafters since the acquisition last November. The entire Webcrafters team has embraced significant change while maintaining strong operational execution with an unwavering commitment to providing best-in-class service to clients.” Mr. Kurtzman goes on to say: “along with the significant retooling taking place in Madison, the Webcrafters platform of offset and digital print, combined with one of the largest specialty finishing operations in the U.S., is well positioned to consistently deliver value to an expanding customer base.”
July 2, 2017
CJK Group Names Todd Vanek President of Minnesota-based Companies: Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing
BRAINERD, Minn. – July 2, 2018 – CJK Group, a national portfolio of print and publishing-related services, announced today the appointment of Todd Vanek as President of Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing companies. Most recently, Mr. Vanek served as Executive Vice President of Sales overseeing the sales and customer service activities for the two companies.
In his new role, Mr. Vanek will direct the ongoing operations of both locations. Bang and Sentinel are both sales growth–oriented organizations, so his primary focus will be to examine existing processes, identify opportunities for improvement, and then implement any changes necessary to support the projected growth of these organizations.
Doug Walter, Vice President of Sales for Sentinel Printing, will assume the responsibilities for sales at Bang Printing in addition to his responsibilities at Sentinel.
“Todd is a dynamic leader in our organization. His deep knowledge of the printing industry, strategic thinking capabilities, and outstanding relationship skills will be assets to him in this new role,” said Chris Kurtzman, CEO of CJK Group, Inc. “As we look to the future, and consider additional acquisitions, we want to make sure we are in the best position to embrace the growth of our individual companies which, ultimately, will help propel the overall growth of CJK Group.”
Todd is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris. He joined Bang Printing in 1997 and held several roles in customer service and sales before being promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2000. He has been intricately involved in the acquisitions made by the CJK Group and will remain a member of CJK’s executive leadership team.
October 2, 2017
CJK Group, Inc. enters into a definitive agreement to acquire Webcrafters
CJK Group announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Webcrafters, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. www.webcrafters-inc.com
Webcrafters is a leading supplier to the educational publishing and catalog markets and has about 270 employees. The company provides conventional off-set printing, digital printing, a wide variety of bindery and finishing services and fulfillment and distribution. Webcrafters has called Madison home for over 150 years.
Jac Garner, Webcrafters, Inc. CEO: “Becoming part of the CJK Group – a large and diverse array of companies - is a big step forward for Webcrafters. The CJK Group has the right vision for making certain that Webcrafters has a durable and future-oriented strategy to continue as a key player in the marketplace and do that right here in the Madison area. Both the ownership (the Frautschi family) and executive leadership see today as a great next chapter for Webcrafters.”
The CJK Group, Inc.’s CEO, Chris Kurtzman, states “We are very excited about this transaction as it strengthens our ability to serve the educational publishing and book communities. Webcrafters is well known in the marketplace for its family values and exemplary service, making it a perfect fit within the CJK family of companies. With its significant platform of digital print and specialty finishing, Webcrafters along with CJK’s national portfolio of publishing, print and related services businesses, are well positioned to deliver value to an expanding customer base.
September 21, 2017
Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG) Selects Sheridan PubFactory to Host Journals
Hunt Valley, MD — Beginning in Fall 2018, all Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG) journals will launch on PubFactory with a refreshed design and increased platform controls, enabling JNSPG to continuously improve reader experience.
JNSPG is the nonprofit publication arm of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Since 1944, the Journal of Neurosurgery—JNSPG’s flagship journal—has been recognized worldwide for its authoritative research articles and high-quality presentation of scientific and medical advances. In addition, it is among the top five most highly cited journals in the discipline, with a 2016 impact factor of 4.059.
In selecting PubFactory to host its journals, JNSPG will benefit from a continuous delivery approach to development that has allowed rapid enhancements to the platform over the last two years and increased flexibility to adapt as publishers’ business needs change. PubFactory’s outstanding customer support and full-service account management, coupled with continuous enhancements to an already dynamic platform, made them the logical choice for JNSPG.
Gillian Shasby, Director of Publications at JNSPG, commented on the collaboration: “We are excited to move our journals onto to the PubFactory platform and to work with the Sheridan PubFactory team. JNSPG has a long-standing relationship with Sheridan, and we’re thrilled to be able to extend that relationship to include content hosting.”
Sheridan’s José Fossi, Vice President of Client Services for PubFactory, added, “The intensely thorough approach with which their publications team sought out the right hosting partner was impressive.
We all look forward to working with JNSPG to map out a platform deployment that fully supports their members as well as their future publications initiatives.”
The PubFactory team has been developing and delivering scholarly publishing technologies since 1999 and has been adopted by innovative publishers such as Oxford University Press, DeGruyter, Brill, and the International Monetary Fund. Today, the PubFactory platform is host to 1,400+ journals and 400,000+ books along with reference works, databases, and other content types, making it the only truly content-agnostic platform and service provider in scholarly publishing.
September 19, 2017
Bioscientifica Partners with Sheridan PubFactory to Host its Journals and Medical Database Content
Hunt Valley, MD—Sheridan PubFactory and Bioscientifica Limited are delighted to announce a new partnership which will see all titles published by Bioscientifica hosted on the PubFactory platform beginning in Summer 2018.
Ian Russell, Managing Director of Bioscientifica shared, “From the outset of our discussions, the PubFactory team ensured that they fully understood Bioscientifica’s short-term and long-term strategic priorities, and offered creative solutions that will enable us to grow our publishing portfolio using a transparent pricing model that makes operational planning predictable.”
Sheridan’s José Fossi, VP of Client Services for PubFactory, said “This is an exciting and mutually beneficial partnership for Bioscientifica and PubFactory. We understand that Bioscientifica is at a transformative point in developing their publishing portfolio, and we embrace the challenge of leveraging PubFactory to deliver on their ambitious goals. Beyond enabling Bioscientifica to bring all of their journals and medical database content onto a single hosted platform, PubFactory will also provide significant value to their societies by allowing for greater flexibility in responding to user feedback, and promoting society brands.”
The PubFactory team has been developing and delivering scholarly publishing technologies since 1999. The PubFactory platform has been adopted by a diverse and prestigious group of publishers including OUP, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, DeGruyter, Brill, and the IMF. Today, the PubFactory platform is host to 1,400+ journals and 400,000+ books along with reference works, databases, and other content types making it the only truly content agnostic platform and service provider in scholarly publishing.
July 27, 2017
Sheridan PubFactory Partners with ReadCube to Support ReadCube Sharing
Hunt Valley, MD—Today, Sheridan PubFactory announced a collaboration with technology company, ReadCube. Host to scholarly content since 1999 and provider of the only truly content agnostic platform, PubFactory will support the use of ReadCube Sharing services for publications hosted on their online platform.
ReadCube Sharing will provide Sheridan PubFactory publishers, and subsequently their authors and subscribers, a simple channel for promoting and amplifying published work in a secure read-only format to non-subscribers. Participating publishers can design their own unique rights-managed content sharing policies that best align with their organization’s goals. Past partners have documented countless benefits from participating in this program, including seamless ways for their authors to amplify their work, improved reader engagement, increased readership, and new ways to drive marketing and PR campaigns.
Participating publishers will also benefit from enhanced discoverability and article viewing enhancements through ReadCube’s popular web, desktop, and mobile reference management tools. Features include annotation tools, hyperlinked in-line citations, instant access to valuable supplemental materials, clickable author names, a high-resolution figure browser, and article metrics.
José Fossi, Sheridan VP of Client Services affirms, “In partnering with ReadCube, we are continuing to grow our user engagement services for publishers, bringing them closer to their researcher base. This is an exciting time to add ReadCube as a partner, as we launch hundreds of new journals and thousands of new books on Sheridan PubFactory this fall.”
Robert McGrath, CEO of ReadCube said, “We are thrilled to be working with Sheridan PubFactory to support new channels for their publishers to connect with readers and authors. Together, we will continue to improve and simplify the way researchers discover, engage, and collaborate with scholarly literature.”
May 30, 2017
Sheridan Acquires PubFactory Hosting Platform from O’Reilly Media
Hunt Valley, MD—Announced today, Sheridan has acquired PubFactory, the industry-lauded online publishing platform for journals, books, and reference works, from O’Reilly Media. PubFactory will continue to be based out of Boston, MA, and will blend seamlessly into the Sheridan stable of publisher technology products and services.
The PubFactory team has been developing and delivering scholarly publishing technologies since 1999. In 2010, the PubFactory platform officially launched with the deployment of several major Oxford University Press products. This was quickly followed by the International Monetary Fund’s eLibrary and De Gruyter’s journals, books, and database products launching in 2011. Notable publishers including Bloomsbury Publishing, Brill, Edward Elgar Publishing, Harvard University Press, Peter Lang, and others have since joined the growing list of PubFactory customers. PubFactory’s configurable suite of front-end and back-end capabilities allows for optimal support across content types, making it a truly content agnostic platform that is host to 1400+ journals, 400,000+ books, and numerous database and reference work products.
“We are delighted to offer our journal and book publishers this proven and comprehensive hosting and publishing platform,” said Gary Kittredge, Managing Director of Sheridan Journal Services. “PubFactory will propel Sheridan into a new level of engagement with our customers as we extend our range of services from high-touch editorial production and print solutions to hosting our customers’ content – a complete package.”
José Fossi, VP of Client Services, PubFactory, added, “I’m ecstatic for PubFactory to become a primary part of Sheridan’s business and to embrace the many opportunities our integration will offer both teams. The richness of the synergies between our two groups is quite astonishing. It's hard to think of a better partner - we complete each other's offering and share customer centric cultural values.”
May 17, 2017
Sheridan’s eCommerce Platform Brings Efficiency and New Ordering
Chelsea, MI—Ellicott City, Maryland based International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) selected Sheridan to establish a direct‐to‐consumer eCommerce site that would simplify the sales of printed materials and make training materials available in eBook form. With the semi‐annual World Congress meeting fast approaching, ICISF determined it was the perfect time to introduce this new solution to its membership.
Absent an existing eCommerce site, ICISF had been manually accepting and fulfilling print orders for
their training manuals. They needed a solution that would make print and eBooks available for purchase
online. An eCommerce solution such as Sheridan’s would grant their instructors and members more
purchasing options while also alleviating the time and resources spent by ICISF internal staff on fulfilling
Under the simple label of “eBook,” ICISF grants all eBook purchasers access to eBook bundles containing
ePub, MobiPocket, and eBook PDF file versions, which simplifies the consumer’s selection process and
allows them to read content on any device. They are the first Sheridan customer to offer eBooks in this
manner. ICISF is also taking advantage of Sheridan Connect’s unique bulk sales of eBooks capability. In
the education and training field, the ability to easily purchase bulk eBook titles has been a barrier for
educators. Sheridan Connect solves that problem by allowing an instructor or administrator to download
access codes for the eBook after the bulk purchase is concluded. Students simply visit the ICISF
“The eCommerce site is simple to navigate and user friendly for our customers and for our staff,” comments Thordis Boron, Approved Instructor Support Department at ICISF.
Orders placed through the site for printed materials will be fulfilled from the ICIFS warehouse using realtime order information. As inventory levels are depleted, titles will be transitioned to Sheridan’s warehouse or will be fulfilled by Sheridan’s print‐on‐demand service—both of which offer fully automated order processing and fulfillment.
“Sheridan has gone above and beyond to help ICISF transfer to a long overdue automated online order fulfillment system,” states Boron. “Sheridan has been ICISF’s trusted partner for over a decade and once again exceeded our expectations.”
“As the long‐time sole source printer for ICISF for their manuals, we are familiar with the importance of the availability of the content that ICISF produces,” remarked Brian Nordyke, Sheridan eCommerce Manager. “We are proud to help them expand their product offerings to include eBooks and print‐ondemand materials, as well as providing their members an easy‐to‐use eCommerce site for their purchases.”
April 3, 2017
CJK Group, Inc. acquires The Sheridan Group
BRAINERD, Minn. (BUSINESS WIRE)- April 3, 2017—CJK Group announced today that it has acquired The Sheridan Group headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, including its operating divisions in Chelsea, MI, Hanover, PA, Waterbury, VT, and Hanover, NH. www.sheridan.com
The Sheridan Group is a leading provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and catalogers. Sheridan’s continuum of publishing services helps customers meet their content preparation, enhancement, and delivery needs.
Sheridan is immersed in making the world of
publishing easier for clients to navigate; from unrivaled editorial, copyediting services,
CJK Group, Inc.’s CEO, Chris Kurtzman, states “We are very excited about the transaction
and its transformational effect on our organizations. Strategically, the combined
platform is well positioned to provide our clients with an array of unique products,
services and solutions. We’re equally excited to add Pat Stricker, Gary Kittredge, Paul
Bozuwa, Dale Tepp, and Andrew Fawcett to our industry leading management team.
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