July 2, 2017
CJK Group Names Todd Vanek President of Minnesota-based Companies: Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing
BRAINERD, Minn. – July 2, 2018 – CJK Group, a national portfolio of print and publishing-related services, announced today the appointment of Todd Vanek as President of Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing companies. Most recently, Mr. Vanek served as Executive Vice President of Sales overseeing the sales and customer service activities for the two companies.
In his new role, Mr. Vanek will direct the ongoing operations of both locations. Bang and Sentinel are both sales growth–oriented organizations, so his primary focus will be to examine existing processes, identify opportunities for improvement, and then implement any changes necessary to support the projected growth of these organizations.
Doug Walter, Vice President of Sales for Sentinel Printing, will assume the responsibilities for sales at Bang Printing in addition to his responsibilities at Sentinel.
“Todd is a dynamic leader in our organization. His deep knowledge of the printing industry, strategic thinking capabilities, and outstanding relationship skills will be assets to him in this new role,” said Chris Kurtzman, CEO of CJK Group, Inc. “As we look to the future, and consider additional acquisitions, we want to make sure we are in the best position to embrace the growth of our individual companies which, ultimately, will help propel the overall growth of CJK Group.”
Todd is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris. He joined Bang Printing in 1997 and held several roles in customer service and sales before being promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2000. He has been intricately involved in the acquisitions made by the CJK Group and will remain a member of CJK’s executive leadership team.
CJK Group, Inc. acquires The Sheridan Group
Acquisition Further Strengthens Products & Services Offerings
BRAINERD, Minn. (BUSINESS WIRE)- April 3, 2017—CJK Group announced today that it has acquired The Sheridan Group headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, including its operating divisions in Chelsea, MI, Hanover, PA, Waterbury, VT, and Hanover, NH. www.sheridan.com
The Sheridan Group is a leading provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and catalogers. Sheridan’s continuum of publishing services helps customers meet their content preparation, enhancement, and delivery needs. Sheridan is immersed in making the world of publishing easier for clients to navigate; from unrivaled editorial, copyediting services, and world class printing to content distribution via mobile platforms or eCommerce solutions.
CJK Group, Inc.’s CEO, Chris Kurtzman, states “We are very excited about the transaction and its transformational effect on our organizations. Strategically, the combined platform is well positioned to provide our clients with an array of unique products, services and solutions. We’re equally excited to add Pat Stricker, Gary Kittredge, Paul Bozuwa, Dale Tepp, and Andrew Fawcett to our industry leading management team. The combined entity with its national footprint will be one of the most diverse, technologically advanced, and customer centric providers in the space”, Kurtzman added.
About CJK Group, Inc.
CJK Group, Inc. is the holding company for Bang Printing, a leading manufacturer of books, catalogs, publications and fulfillment services – Brainerd, MN and Palmdale, CA; Hess Print Solutions – Brimfield, OH; Sentinel Printing Company – St Cloud, MN; Victor Graphics – Baltimore, MD; and Sinclair Printing Company – Los Angeles, CA. www.cjkgroup.com
Bang Printing Named Best Workplace in the Americas in 2016 Competition
Brainerd, MN 12/2/2016- Bang Printing of Brainerd, MN has been awarded the designation, Best
Workplace in the Americas 2016, for its exemplary human resources practices. Printing Industries of
America created the BWA awards to specifically honor printing companies that provide a superior work
A panel of highly respected HR print industry professionals judged the applicants on eight criteria:
Management Practices; Work Environment; Training and Development Opportunities; Financial Security; Workplace Health and Safety; Work-Life Balance; Recognition and Rewards; and Health and Wellness Programs.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that offers a superior workplace,” said
President Chris Kurtzman.
Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, agrees. “Best Workplace in the
Americas winners routinely recognize that success is generated in many ways, and importantly, through their employees. Congratulations to Bang Printing.”
For more information about the Best Workplace in the Americas Awards, contact Adriane Harrison at 412-259-1707, firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.printing.org/bwa. For more information about Bang
Printing, contact Molly Sigafus at 218-829-2877.
October 14, 2015Bang Printing and its subsidiaries, a provider of accountable print performance solutions and other value-added services for catalogs, books, publications and educational printed products, announced they have entered into an agreement to buy Sentinel Printing.
The sale will allow Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing to combine their existing capabilities and provide customers with a more diversified suite of products and services. Sentinel Printing will retain its manufacturing plant in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Sentinel Printing will remain under the leadership of Chuck Manthey.
BRAINERD, MN - January 22, 2015
Mark Berkey will be joining us as Vice President of Sales and Service. Mark will manage our Sales and Service operations at Hess Print Solutions. Mark will be responsible for helping our talented sales group continue to grow our business and for overseeing our Customer Service group as they continue to work at meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.
Mark is a veteran executive with over 25 years of printing industry experience. He began his career with RR Donnelley & Sons Co., holding various leadership positions in both operations and sales during his 16 year tenure with the printing giant. Mark led the Book Technology Group, an Engineering, Sales and Service company as VP Sales and Administration before joining St Ives US Division in 2002, where he served as SVP & General Manager of St Ives Cleveland before becoming a member of the US Division board of directors and later held the post of President and Chief Operating Officer. In his most recent role, Mark was the senior manager for Houston Texas based Nationwide Argosy Solutions, a multi-unit diversified print and marketing communications company. Mr. Berkey holds an MBA from Kent State University, Kent, OH and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from the University of Akron, Akron, OH. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Jackson Township, Ohio.
BRAINERD, MN—December 18, 2013—Bang Printing and its subsidiaries, a provider of accountable print performance solutions and other value-added services for catalogs, books, publications and educational printed products, announced it has entered into an agreement to buy substantially all of the assets associated with Victor Graphics of Baltimore.
This sale will allow Bang Printing and Victor Graphics to combine their existing capabilities and provide customers with a more diversified suite of products and services. All manufacturing will be done out of Bang Printing’s current facilities in Minnesota, California and Ohio (Hess Print Solutions). Victor Graphics will retain a sales office in Baltimore, headed by founder and owner, Tom Hicks. Victor Graphics is a family-owned, 30-year-old, Baltimore-based book manufacturer which serves a diverse, nationally based group of publishers.
"Bang Printing is excited to announce this opportunity to acquire Victor Graphics," relayed Chris Kurtzman, president and CEO of Bang Printing. "The combination of Bang Printing’s extensive product line and the strong reputation of Victor Graphics will allow us to offer our customers one-stop solutions to their print and marketing needs."
BRIMFIELD, OH—May 22, 2013—Hess Print Solutions and its subsidiaries (HPS), a provider of accountable print performance solutions and other value-added services for catalogs, books, publications and educational printed products, announced today that HPS has entered into an agreement to sell substantially all of its assets to an affiliate of Bang Printing.
The decision to sell to Bang Printing followed an extensive process of reviewing various strategic opportunities for HPS that was aimed at ensuring it will remain a viable long-term business partner for customers, vendors and employees. This sale will allow HPS and Bang Printing to combine their existing capabilities and provide customers with a more diversified suite of products and services.
“The strategic decision to pursue a financial restructuring through a sale will allow us to proactively and quickly improve our financial position and ensure we have the resources to meet the needs of our clients, suppliers, employees and other business partners going forward," said Jerry Haywood, interim CEO of HPS.
Bang Printing has over 100 years of experience in the book and commercial printing industry. Bang Printing, which has its corporate offices in Brainerd, MN, offers complete printing, binding and fulfillment services at a competitive price. Bang Printing has facilities in both Minnesota and California.
“Bang Printing is excited to announce this opportunity to acquire Hess Print Solutions," relayed Chris Kurtzman, president and CEO of Bang Printing. "The combination of Bang Printing’s extensive product line and the strong reputation of HPS will allow us to offer our customers one-stop solutions to their print and marketing needs.”
To facilitate the sale of assets, HPS has commenced a prepackaged voluntary Chapter 11 proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. HPS has obtained debtor-in-possession financing with certain of its existing secured lenders, which, along with the company’s cash flow, is expected to provide the working capital necessary to meet its ongoing obligations while the company pursues approval of the sale.
HPS has filed a number of motions with the Court requesting authority to keep the business operating as usual. The immediate relief being requested includes a request to pay all wages, salaries and commissions, as well as honor the employee benefits programs, and to continue existing customer programs.
After the sale is approved by the Bankruptcy Court and consummated, HPS will work with the purchaser to address the structure of the combined organization, with the primary objective to continue to provide superior product, service and technology offerings in a cost-effective way.
About Hess Print Solutions
Hess Print Solutions is a client-centric, solutions-focused and results-driven print performance partner. The Hess Print Solutions team of print experts shares an unrelenting focus on clients’ success, an inventive spirit and a commitment to providing measurable results. These qualities—and unparalleled print production, mailing and fulfillment solutions—help clients drive top-line revenue and growth.