HENRY — A printing company that serves customers throughout central Illinois will officially expand by the end of this week through an acquisition that extends the reach of both parties.

Kingery Printing Company, which is headquartered in Effingham but also operates a plant in Henry, has agreed to acquire United Graphics, LLC, of Mattoon — with the owners and operators of United Graphics joining Kingery in executive capacities.

"There are a number of synergies between Kingery Printing and United Graphics that make this a very positive move for our companies, our customers, our employees, and our communities," said Michael Kingery, president of Kingery Printing. "The proximity of our plants and the high level of expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication to customer service on the part of both companies’ leadership and staffs means that we will be in an even stronger position to deliver on our top priority of offering state-of-the art-services and continuing to enhance our customer’s experience."

Both companies have operated for decades in the area. Kingery was founded in 1968 by John and Dolores Kingery and is now owned by their children. United Graphics was founded in 1971 and is owned and operated by John and Joshua Wurtsbaugh and Stan Freeman.

John Wurtsbaugh will become chief operating officer of Kingery Printing, while Joshua Wurtsbaugh will become plant manager of the United Graphics Division. Freeman will join Kingery as a senior account executive.

The acquisition will create what Kingery called a comprehensive offering of printing services under a single entity. Those services include prepress; digital, sheetfed and web press technologies; and finishing options such as stitching, perfect binding, mechanical binding and in-line, near-line and co-mailing capabilities.

Both companies announced the acquisition in mid-November and plan to close on the deal by Friday.

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