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Patented Printing: New Ownership Led by Employees, New Services and New Name: Think Patented

Press release from the issuing company

The Dayton-based printing company has been sold to a new investor group that includes several long-term employees. This change in ownership also means additional new capabilities to serve the full range of customer needs. And, with these significant changes comes a new corporate identity: Think Patented. CEO Dick Westfall made the decision to sell to this group so the company is better positioned to grow and partner in additional acquisition opportunities. The group of investors is comprised of seasoned printing industry executives. Included in the new ownership team are a number of loyal Patented employees, including President Ken McNerney, Senior Account Executive Dale Lunce, and Vice President of Operations Joe Sellars. These experienced Patented pros will be joined by outside investors Niels M. Winther, formerly president and CEO of Heidelberg North America, Jim Russell of Detroit, and Flemming Elleboe of Atlanta. In addition, Dick Westfall and business partner Norm Eckstein are shareholders in the new ownership venture, effective April 1, 2006. This new ownership positions Patented for continued leadership in the region…and the ability to offer additional services. The investor group is also partners in two additional printing companies in Detroit and Windsor, with capabilities that complement and expand Patented's product offerings, including mini-web and full-web production. The combined $35 million regional network, led by CEO Niels M. Winther, provides a full continuum of graphic communication capabilities. Along with all these exciting new changes, there's a new name: Think Patented. This new brand brings together what had been known as Patented Printing and Patented Mailing into a single entity that provides a full range of production, printing, mailing and fulfillment services. “These changes are great news in a number of ways,” according to Think Patented President Ken McNerney. “It means that our customers can count on us for an even broader range of services, yet continue to experience our customer-focused philosophy toward service that has earned us high customer satisfaction ratings. In addition, the company will remain headquartered in Dayton, continuing to provide timely service to businesses and organizations in the Miami Valley and beyond.”

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