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Sign maker acquires longtime printer
A local printer with a 44-year history has been acquired by a Traverse City-based maker of large banners, signs and displays.
Grand Rapids-based Jarob, a printer, retail signage and display company, is now part of Britten Studios.
Jarob was founded in 1970 by Doug Van Portfleet, who said that he would be retiring from the company.
Terms of the deal announced this week were not disclosed.
Jarob employs 60 people, including industrial designers, architects, sign makers and craftsmen, who will continue to operate from the Grand Rapids facility.
Van Portfleet said he had searched for a strategic partner who would take his company to "new heights."
Britten Studios said Jarob has built a reputation in the industry by being one of the first to adopt the latest printing technologies.
“Britten has deep respect for the talents and legacy of our company and will provide our customers with a much broader range of creative products and services,” Van Portfleet said.
The addition of Jarob’s expertise, client base and equipment will extend Britten Studios' position in the retail market.
The companies’ combined retail client base now includes thousands of the largest retailers, shopping centers, marketers and vendors to the retail market, as well as small businesses.
Britten Studios said it has worked with well-known brands such as Disney and ESPN and tens of thousands of small businesses to “visually connect with their audience.”
The company’s team of printing and fabrication professionals provides hardware, print and décor services to clients.
The Britten family of companies includes Britten Banners, Britten Décor, Britten Services, Britten MetalWorks, TentCraftUSA and priorLIFE.