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Smyth Acquires Dow Industries

ST. PAUL, MN -Two of the premier label printers in the country, both long-time Flexographic Technical Association members, are now one entity as Smyth Companies, LLC, headquartered here, has acquired Dow Industries of Wilmington, MA. Dow Industries maintains that it is the world’s most decorated
label printer, winning countless awards around the globe for its unsurpassed high-definition flexographic printing processes, used in the health and beauty markets and other demanding consumer goods segments.

“Walter Dow has been a long-time friend whose company I’ve admired from afar, and I’m delighted that he has decided to tie the knot with Smyth,” says John
Hickey, Smyth CEO. “Our goal will be to provide the industry’s highest quality label production for those companies who demand the very best!” Smyth has been in business for 133 years, and recently partnered with Novacap, a Montreal-based private equity firm, to help Smyth in its quest to be the most relevant label company in the industry to the high end consumer goods companies. With established production locations in Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado, and the addition of the Dow facility in Massachusetts, Smyth will now employ approximately 400 people (See FLEXO April 2011, page 38 for profile). The company specializes in package labeling for mass marketed consumer goods products, and serves clients in the food and beverage, personal care, household care, and beer markets, among others.

Smyth sought the acquisition of Dow because of Dow’s eastern U.S. location, market reach, and print technologies employed. Dow Industries was founded in 1976 by Walter Dow.
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