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Creative Marketing Solutions joins Classic Graphics and Imagine! Print Solutions

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Charlotte, NC - It was announced today that Creative Marketing Solutions (CMS), one of the most respected names in mailing and fulfillment, has joined Classic Graphics | Imagine! Print Solutions creating one of the largest privately owned mailing and fulfillment facilities in the Carolinas. CMS plans to move as early as this week to Classic’s headquarters in Innovation Park at the former IBM Campus.

While financial terms of the transaction were not revealed, 2013 sales for the combined companies will approach $300 million.

Bob Lothenbach, President and Founder of Imagine! Print Solutions, is enthusiastic: “We share a philosophy of providing highly responsive and flexible service to our clients, a passion for the graphics industry and a belief in team work.” He continues, “We are excited about the expertise that Creative Marketing Solutions brings in mailing and fulfillment. This supports our commitment to providing our clients an integration of marketing services through a single point of contact.”

Like Imagine! and Classic, CMS has been committed to listening to their clients and responding. “This is a logical move,” says David Pitts, President of Classic Graphics. “Classic has enjoyed an enduring relationship with CMS. Having them on our team provides clients access to a wider array of service options.”

Dick Kittle, Founder and Managing Partner of Creative Marketing Solutions, has managed direct mail and fulfillment for thirty years. He grew CMS from his kitchen table to be a leading direct marketing company in the Carolinas. CMS produces millions of pieces of mail and serves some of the nations’ most renowned brands in fulfillment. Kittle will retire at the end of 2013. “My time has been spent working with a very talented staff that drives innovation in all that they do. We have always considered Classic Graphics an industry friend and look forward to bringing the best aspects of our combined company to the marketplace.”

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Creative Marketing Solutions offers targeted, personalized marketing solutions that drive measurable results. With 30 years of proven experience, CMS is well-respected in the Carolinas and a model member of the national Mailing and Fulfillment Services Association (MFSA). Their vast knowledge, positions them to provide closed loop program management from concept to completion. To learn more visit www.creativecms.com

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Classic Graphics is an award-winning, privately held, full-service graphic communications company, founded in 1983 by David Pitts and Bill Gardner. Also known for exemplary client service, cutting-edge technological capabilities and industry leading graphics expertise, Classic Graphics serves national and international corporations. Classic is currently ranked 95 in Printing Impressions magazine’s 400, a list of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada. To learn more visit www.knowclassic.com

Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Imagine! Print Solutions is an award-winning, privately held, full-service graphic solutions company, founded in 1988 by Bob Lothenbach. It is one of the most amazing success stories in the graphics industry. Known for its commitment to the client perspective, technological capabilities and cutting-edge graphics expertise Imagine! Serves top national and international brands. The company is currently ranked 32 in Printing Impressions magazine’s 400, a list of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada. To learn more visit www.imagineps.com


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