Internal Leadership Team Acquires Allied Printing Company
As it marks its 60th anniversary, Allied Printing Company Inc., Ferndale, Mich., is shifting ownership. Six of the company’s long-time executives are in the process of purchasing the organization from current owners, Chairman Paul Zimmer and CEO Robert Straub.
Allied President Dave Bader, Vice President of Finance Margaret Fitzgerald, Vice President of Administration Elly Chichester, Vice President of Operations Tony Pelc and sales executives Jill Straub and Greg Balan are joining in the multi-year acquisition plan. Combined, the new leadership team has served Allied for more than 100 years.
Zimmer and Straub will remain active in their positions with Allied Printing Company’s succession team. “Bob and I have been fortunate. Our work has been exceedingly fulfilling and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” said Zimmer. “However, there comes a time in everyone’s life to take a step back and spend more time with loved ones. It’s gratifying to know we have a seasoned team in place who will continue to lead the organization into the future.”
“The beauty of this transition is that it lacks the usual changeover period associated with an acquisition from the outside,” said Bader. “This has been and will continue to be a seamless transition for our clients and vendors, and especially our employees. The new leadership team is excited to grow and invest with the company and to be a part of the next substantial chapter in Allied’s rich history.”
Zimmer purchased the company in 1971 as a black-and-white letterpress shop, and brought in Straub in 1982 to help the company evolve into a color offset printer. For the past six decades, Allied has partnered with clients to create unique cost-saving print communication solutions—and more.
Allied has grown from 12 employees and one building in 1971, to its current configuration of 95 employees and four buildings. The company occupies more than 100,000 sq. ft. of warehouse, production and corporate office space in Ferndale.