A large Texas-based company announced this week its purchase of a local printing firm.

Ennis Inc., which calls itself one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the nation, bought The Flesh Co. for an undisclosed amount.

Steven Osterloh, Ennis vice president of marketing, said Friday no changes are planned at the local plant.

“Flesh is a well-known company in our industry. It’s admired,” Osterloh said.

According to a press release from the company based in Midlothian, Texas, Ennis will close on the purchase of all of the outstanding stock of Flesh and its subsidiary, Impressions Direct Inc., on Monday. The transfer of ownership for the transactions contemplated in the agreement will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Local Flesh employees heard about the news of the sale on Thursday.

Flesh is a printing company headquartered in the St. Louis area, with its manufacturing facility and warehouse located in the Wayne Moran Industrial Park on Jothi Avenue.

According to the press release, Flesh had about $31.1 million in sales for the 12 months ending on Sept. 30, 2018.

Osterloh said he didn’t know why Flesh decided to sell its business. An employee at the Flesh corporate office Friday replied that there was nothing to add to the press release and Osterloh’s comments.

The operations will continue to operate as The Flesh Co. and related brand names. All of the facilities will continue their normal operations in their current locations, according to the release.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine the Flesh organization with the other operations of Ennis. The Flesh Company is truly regarded as one of the outstanding companies in the print industry with a heritage that dates back for more than 100 years,” Keith Walters, Ennis chairman, president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. 

Flesh provides business forms, checks, direct mail services, integrated products and labels. Walters said the direct mail services will continue to add to the capabilities the company added with the recent acquisitions of Wright Business Graphics on the West Coast and Integrated Print Graphics in Chicago as well as expanding integrated products and label capabilities.

Osterloh said Flesh is a good fit for Ennis because both companies have been in the printing industry for over 100 years, and Ennis owns other plants in Southeast Kansas including an Ennis plant in Fort Scott, Calibrated in Columbus and SMI in Girard. Ennis also owns Witt Printing in El Dorado Springs, Arkansas.

“We have a strong presence in the area,” Osterloh said.

Since 1909, Ennis Inc. has primarily engaged in the production and sale of business forms and other business products. The company has production and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the United States to serve a national network of distributors. Ennis manufactures and sells business forms, other printed business and commercial products, printed and electronic media, presentation products, flexographic printing, internal bank forms, secure and negotiable documents, envelopes, tags and labels, advertising specialties, adhesive notes, plastic cards and other custom products.

Flesh was started in 1913 by Roy V. “R.V.” Flesh. In 1998 The Flesh Co. and IMI Business Forms consolidated their sales and manufacturing operations in Parsons after the two separate businesses had been sharing a building. IMI owned the building and leased half of it to Flesh before the merger.

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