Boomers Printing Has Merged With Cornerstone Print & Marketing to Create Nebraska’s Largest Rapid Response Printing Company
Lincoln, NE. (December 1, 2010) – Cornerstone Print & Marketing, a Nebraska-based print and marketing firm merged with Boomers Printing Company on December 1, 2010.
Harold Klein, former owner of Boomer’s Printing Co., is a co-owner of the combined entities which operate under the Cornerstone Print & Marketing name. Klein commented, “By joining forces with Cornerstone, our clients now have access to expanded products and services and our employees benefit by being part of a larger organization with a broader benefit package. This is an exciting next step for the legacy created by the Boomer family more than 90 years ago.”
Jay Wilkinson, Cornerstone’s founder said “We’re ecstatic about Harold joining our management team. He has tremendous knowledge of the printing industry and is a master craftsman of our trade.”
The move represents the fifth time in six years that either company has grown via merger or acquisition. Kevin Thomas, the Managing Owner of Cornerstone said “The mission of Cornerstone is to be the premier provider of print-communication solutions in Nebraska. This merger marks a significant advancement toward accomplishing our long-term objectives. We look forward to accelerating our strategic plan by helping our valuable clients achieve their goals.”
Terry Uland, President of the Downtown Lincoln Association, commented “It’s exciting to see these two great Lincoln companies combining resources to create opportunity for Lincoln employees and to strengthen the downtown business economy.”
Long-time clients of both Boomer’s and Cornerstone will continue to work with the same team they haveve always worked with at either company and all phone numbers and email addresses will stay in effect.
For more information visit us online at www.cornerstoneprintmarketing.com.
HISTORY OF BOOMER’S PRINTING CO.
Boomer’s Printing Company, a full-service commercial printer and mailer, has been in business for more than 90 years. The company’s long history began when Mrs. Grace Boomer established an employment agency for teachers at the end of World War I. In March, 1919, Grace and her employees were preparing a large mailing of teacher resumes. The deadline for the mailing was approaching, but the printer had not yet delivered the resumes. Grace soon discovered that the printer had shut its doors and gone out of business. Faced with an urgent need to get the job done, Grace purchased the printing press and hired the press operator. While printing the resumes, Grace and her employees discovered a large backlog of pending print jobs that had not been completed, and Boomer’s Printing Company was born.
Grace’s son Lowell began working for Boomer’s while in junior high school, and in 1931 took over the company from his mother. Lowell served as president of the company for 70 years. During that period Boomer’s expanded to become one of the largest commercial printing companies in Nebraska, as well as a pioneer in local instant printing and a forerunner in direct-mail fundraising for charitable organizations. A major client was Cliffs Notes, whose study guides were printed by Boomer’s from their creation in 1958 until the company was sold 40 years later.
In May of 2001, Lowell Boomer officially retired from the business and sold his controlling interest to Harold Klein, long-time vice-president and general manager, and his wife, Sharon. In 2008, Capital Graphics and Cornhusker printing merged with Boomer’s Printing.
The merger with Cornerstone Print & Marketing in December 2010 helped ensure that the legacy created by the Boomer’s family will stay intact –and thrive–long into the future.
HISTORY OF CORNERSTONE PRINT & MARKETING.
Cornerstone Print & Marketing opened for business in downtown Lincoln in August, 1992 as an AlphaGraphics printing franchise. The business broke the first-year sales record for the 350-store network and was the fastest franchise at the time to reach $1 million in annual sales. Renamed Cornerstone Printing & Imaging in 2001, the company is listed today by Quick Printing magazine as one of the 100 largest rapid-response printing operations in America.
The company’s Founder, Jay Wilkinson is a University of Nebraska graduate who has started several successful businesses. In 2001, Kevin Thomas and Tim Meader became co-owners of the company under the new name Cornerstone Printing & Imaging. In 2005, Heartland Press merged into Cornerstone Print & Marketing, followed by Dietrich Printing Company in 2006 and Presslinc in 2008.
Since the merge in December 2010, the company has moved from its downtown location to 1201 Infinity Court in southwest Lincoln. The 65,000 square foot newly renovated building provides much needed room for both the staff and equipment, including a new 8-color press.
The company specializes in providing a full-range of professional communication services including graphic design, printing, direct-mail, and marketing services.