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Keller-Crescent acquires Lehigh Press

February 1, 2010

The Puerto Rican converter manufactures labels, inserts and outserts for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.

Keller-Crescent Co. Inc., a Clondalkin Group Company, has acquired Lehigh Press, located in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Lehigh Press manufactures labels, inserts and outserts and other packaging components, mainly for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.

According to Keller Crescent CEO Bill Mitchell, “This is a great acquisition for us as the Lehigh Press specializations in labels, inserts and outserts are a great fit with our existing Vega Alta operation in Puerto Rico, which has cartons as its core product. Combining these product offerings significantly expands our Puerto Rican customer service proposition.”

Mitchell adds, “Integration of the two businesses, including the management, operations and sales functions, will be carried out to streamline our service delivery to our customers. The acquisition reinforces our existing healthcare strategy, which is to provide a full range of packaging solutions from top class and well placed facilities, in those markets which are key to our customers. We have ambitious expansion plans in Puerto Rico. Acquiring Lehigh Press will help fast-track the realization of these plans.”

Ron Salzano, president of Lehigh Press, says, “All of us at Lehigh Press are excited about joining the Keller Crescent / Clondalkin organization because of the opportunities it presents to our clients and employees.”

“Keller Crescent’s addition of the Juncos facility strengthens our position as the leading supplier of secondary packaging products in North America and Puerto Rico,” says Joe Moynihan, CEO of Clondalkin Group North America, which is the parent company of Keller Crescent. “Our strength in pharmaceutical and healthcare secondary packaging is unrivaled. This acquisition complements our growth strategy; it is a clear signal of our commitment to our customers that we will service them in their local markets.”

Keller Crescent supplies printed pharmaceutical folding cartons, inserts and outserts, pharmaceutical labels, patient booklets, IV hanger labels, and several patented specialty products – including track-n-trace and e-pedigree technologies – to the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.

Clondalkin Group is an internationally diversified specialist packaging group with more than 40 separate manufacturing locations throughout North America and in 10 European countries and annual sales in excess of $1.2 billion. The Clondalkin Group pharmaceutical and healthcare businesses operate from 13 accredited production sites in the United States, as well as in Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Poland.

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