Sunday, January 5, 2014

Time4Printing buys Brown Fox Printing - By Michelle Libby

Time4Printing, owned by Kelly and Niels Mank, purchased Brown Fox Printing out of Scarborough for an undisclosed amount on January 2. The transition into the merger may take a week to as long as a month to iron out all of the wrinkles, meanwhile customers for both printing companies will barely notice a difference. 

“Our plan is to service their clients and expand the products being offered to them like signage, vehicle wraps, vinyl lettering and more,” said Mank, who also owns Time4Pictures, Time4Wrapz and The Windham Eagle newspaper. “We saw an opportunity to buy another business that was like-minded and had similar ethics,” she added.

Owner of Brown Fox Printing, Russ Burleigh, just celebrated his 75th birthday and wasn’t really looking to retire, but his wife had other plans for him, he said. 

“It’s a huge transition,” said Burleigh. The company has clients from Wells to Bath and beyond, he said.
“We’re excited about it happening,” said Mank. “2014 should be a big growth year for us.” 

The Brown Fox Printing location will be closed and all business will be relocated to Time4Printing Windham corporate office. 

The distance between Scarborough and Windham is his one concern, but the customers need to see it’s a state of mind with the Internet bridging miles like never before. Burleigh will stay on as a consultant to his customers and he said that he and Mank will be visiting many of the customers. “She’s infectious in her enthusiasm,” he said. 

Time4Printing will be offering delivery service to Brown Fox Printing customers.

“I wasn’t looking for anyone in particular (to purchase the company), but I made new friends in Kelly and Niels,” Burleigh said. “I’m giving up part of my family. I want you to take good care of them,” he told them.
“Service, service and service are my three favorite words when it comes to printing,” Burleigh said. The merger will fit with the philosophy of Time4Printing. 

With the tag lines “Your image is our business” and “Design, print, results.” The Time4 family makes sure they treat every client as if it were their own company. They want results, whether it’s from business cards or direct mailings, said Mank. 

“It’s a very difficult time to expand a business. Most grow through acquisitions,” Burleigh said.  Mank is excited to see what 2014 will bring.

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