WS Packaging, the conglomerate formed in 2000 by the merger of Wisconsin Label and Superior Label Systems, has acquired the assets of Blake Printery, in San Luis Obispo, CA. Prior to the acquisition, WS was involved in a joint venture with Blake — CALabel, a flexographic division operating within the Blake Printery facility.
The addition of Blake gives WS Packaging 17 manufacturing locations, more than 1,700 employees, 85 sales offices throughout the US, and annual sales projected at more than $210 million. Headquarters is in Algoma, WI.
Blake Printery was founded in 1949 by Emmons Blake as a one-man job shop in an alley in San Luis Obispo. His son Richard joined in 1970, as did Michael Glavin; the two later became partners.
The operation was known for sheet-fed offset production of ultra-high-end wine labels at a time when wineries were recognizing the artistic value of labels on their products.
With growth in demand for pressure sensitive wine labels, CALabel was created with WS, and operated at Blake under Glavin’s leadership. CALabel hired David Hoydal and Gil Dulong, a respected prepress/production duo from the Bay area, and proceeded to win national awards for quality from the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute and the Flexographic Technical Association.
Blake Printery, in which Glavin continues as president, is one of