New Orleans – Harvey-Hauser Press and Garrity Print Solutions today announced they have agreed to merge the two locally owned commercial printing companies into one organization to create a larger organization that will significantly enhance the printing capabilities, technology and capacity for customers.
The new company, to be known as Garrity Print Solutions, A Harvey Company, will enhance New Orleans’ regional position in the printing industry. It also creates the largest commercial printer in the area in terms of annual sales and, because of the unique strengths of each, creates opportunities for all of the companies’ stakeholders, including employees, customers and the community.
The transaction is effective immediately.
“Both Garrity and Harvey-Hauser have built reputations based on quality and a strong focus on customer service,” said Paul Alker, who will serve as chief executive officer. “Our enhanced ability increases our competitiveness with printers located outside the region. Of significance to the New Orleans area, it will allow a lot of printing work that previously had to leave this market to return, and along with it the profits and employment opportunities.”
Both companies historically have been profitable. Over the past five years, they have invested more than $7.4 million on technology, printing presses, pre- and post-production equipment, and other areas to build their competitiveness and position the businesses for the future.
“We see this as a unique opportunity to bring together two talented, profitable, customer-focused organizations in a way that combines the strengths of each to serve more of our customers’ needs,” said Pat Garrity, founder and president of Garrity Print Solutions who, will serve as vice president for the critically important production side of the printing business.
In addition to Garrity and Alker, the board of directors will consist of Kevin Alker, executive vice president over sales; Danny Lacrouts, vice president for marketing and new technology; and Brian David, vice president for administration. Also serving in a management capacity is Terry Hauth, comptroller.
Scheduling and production will continue just as before and there will be no impact on printing jobs already under way or set to begin shortly. The current Garrity plant in Harahan will become the main production facility, with another 20,000-square-foot Garrity property nearby that will house digital, direct mail, accounting and warehousing. However, over the next few months, the company will run parallel production at the companies’ plants, complete build-out of the permanent production location and move equipment.
Customers and prospects should continue to work with their sales representatives as the two teams come together.