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Hooven-Dayton Corporation Acquires Benchmark Graphics

DAYTON, OH--Hooven-Dayton Corp. (HDC) and Benchmark Graphics have announced the completion of Hooven-Dayton’s acquisition of Benchmark Graphics of Richmond, IN. HDC’s corporate headquarters will remain in Huber Heights and the Richmond plant will now operate under the Hooven-Dayton name.

This acquisition marks another milestone in HDC’s growth strategy. In the past three years, HDC has grown by nearly 100 percent. It purchased four new presses to meet the demands of the exponential growth, but found it difficult to find skilled press operators. “We felt Benchmark was a good fit to expand our capabilities, capacity and scale. The staff brings skilled people, presses, products, technologies, and room to expand the operation to second and third shifts. The addition of Benchmark will greatly accelerate our strategic growth initiative, expand our geographic footprint, and allow us to be more comptitive in some markets.” explained Christopher Che, CEO of HDC. “The combination of HDC and Benchmark brings together two established and respected names in the label printing industry, and provides a powerful opportunity to advance both companies’ strategic priorities. Benchmark’s leadership and employees have done an outstanding job creating a very solid company. HDC is strategically building a larger, stronger, more agile and innovative business with room to grow. The new company will be positioned for improved, consistent, and stable top-line growth and a sustainable value for the short and long term.”

"We are appreciative of our loyal customers, some of whom have been with us from the beginning. I am confident that the level of expertise and experience that HDC brings will compliment and enhance our core services. The integrated resources will provide our customers with unique benefits and an expanded mix of quality and service,” John Miller, Benchmark Graphics CEO, commented “Our employees should be enormously proud of what we have built, their dedication and the knowledge that they bring to the manufacturing process has enabled us to build a well-positioned, diversified printing company and is the fundamental ingredient to our success. The new combined company will provide our existing employees with opportunities for advancement and create new positions as capacity expands. HDC and Benchmark are highly complementary businesses and together we can become an industry leader.”

Management of the combined company includes executives from both organizations: Christopher Che, president & CEO; Denise Smith, director, corporate development & diversity; Robert White, vice president, sales & marketing; Steve Hill, corporate controller; Jeff Spahr, director of operations; John Miller, vice president, technology & business development; Bruce Nicholson, operations manager; Ron Miller, Richmond plant manager; and Leann Jones, senior customer service representative& office manager.

Benchmark is a successful, 35 year-old, multimillion dollar label manufacturing company. It supplies custom pressure sensitive labels and tags to retail and industrial markets. Benchmark’s modern 27,000 sq. ft. plant is located on five acres in Richmond, IN. It is equipped with eight state-of-the-art flexographic presses and home to 26 employees— the top four executives have each been with the company for more than 20 years, and the majority of the press operators have been with the company for more than 10 years.

HDC is a 76 year old innovative supplier of high quality, flexographic and digital labels, coupons, short run flexible packaging and specialty printing. Specialty offerings include: lottery bet slips and receipt rolls; coinless casino slot machine tickets; high end special effects; variable data; numbering; and barcodes. . HDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Che International Group, LLC (CIG)–a multinational holding company specialized in acquiring and growing subsidiary companies in diverse industries.