ProMach Acquires CL&D Graphics, Digital

Cincinnati, OH — Packaging machinery supplier ProMach has acquired CL&D Graphics and CL&D Digital, a provider of flexographic and digital web packaging and converting solutions. The company says the acquisition expands ProMach’s portfolio of flexible and rigid packaging systems and strengthens its ability to provide complete machinery and material solutions for a broad range of packaging applications.

CL&D Graphics offers roll-fed film and pressure-sensitive labels, shrink sleeves, pouches, lidding, and preprinted thermoform solutions to the North American market, while CL&D Digital produces short run, production quality prototypes and promotional samples. The company is GMP certified by the American Sanitation Institute to print both food contact and non-food contact packaging.

“We’re pleased to welcome the CL&D team to ProMach,” says Mark Anderson, ProMach president and CEO. “ProMach is always looking for new and unique ways to bring more value to our customers and CL&D changes that narrative for many of our clients in the flexible packaging space that have wanted a single-source partner who can provide a more complete and total solution including both materials and machinery. This proven model has served us well with our industry leading brands like ID Technology and I’m confident this will be the case with our flexible packaging partners as we move forward. I am excited to work with the outstanding senior leadership team at CL&D as they continue helping ensure their customers’ products stand out on the store shelves and stand apart from the competition.”

“For over 40 years, we’ve worked to become the printer of choice for CPG companies across North America,” adds Michael Dowling, CL&D chairman and owner. “From our humble beginnings we’ve grown into one of the premier partners of customers from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, I’m extremely grateful to our employees, without whom none of this would have been possible. From our locations in Hartland, Oconomowoc, and Rock Hill, our terrific team is the reason we’ve been able to help turn my father’s vision into a reality.”

Hartland, WI-based CL&D and its more than 280 employees will join the ProMach team and current CL&D President and CEO Mike Hokanson will join ProMach as vice-president and general manager.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Mike for the last six plus years and he has made a huge difference in our strategic vision and direction,” adds Dowling. “I look forward to helping support Mike as he leads CL&D forward as part of ProMach. With ProMach, we have a partner that has a strong and well-earned reputation in the packaging machinery marketplace, and they will help us expand our capabilities, accelerate our pace of innovation, and above all else help create additional value for our customers across the United States and Canada. We are looking forward to working with the entire ProMach team to continue this journey we embarked on so long ago.”

“The CL&D team excels at helping build brands through packaging, and their strong customer focus and mentality of being easy to do business with is perfectly aligned with ProMach’s philosophy and approach of how we work with our over 55,000 customers across the world,” says Don Deubel, ProMach senior vice-president, Flexibles & Trays. “CL&D complements a broad range of the ProMach portfolio, capable of partnering with our strong leading product brands like Matrix, Bartelt, FLtècnics, Modern, Axon, P.E. Labellers, Serpa, and more to provide a complete solution to the marketplace with film, labels, machinery, and a full range of support including parts and service. Constant innovation from CL&D and all ProMach product brands means we are able to meet our customers’ current needs as well as anticipate future needs to ensure we are there to support them every step of the way.”