Hooven-Dayton Corporation Acquires Benchmark Graphics

DAYTON, OH, April 15, 2011 – Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC) and Benchmark Graphics announce the completion of HoovenDayton’s acquisition of Benchmark Graphics of Richmond, Indiana. HDC’s corporate headquarters will remain in Huber Heights and the Richmond plant will now operate under the Hooven-Dayton name.

This acquisition marks another milestone in HDC’s growth strategy. In the past three years, HDC has grown by almost 100%. Theypurchased four new presses to meet the demands of the exponential growth, but found it difficult to find skilled press operators. “We felt Benchmark was a good fit to expand our capabilities, capacity and scale. They bring with them skilled people, presses, products, technologies, and room to expand the operation to second and third shifts. The addition of Benchmark will greatly accelerate our strategic growth initiative, expand our geographic footprint, and allow us to be more competitive in some markets.” explained Christopher Che, CEO of HDC. “The combination of HDC and Benchmark brings together two established and respected names in the label printing industry, and provides a powerful opportunity to advance both companies’ strategic priorities. Benchmark’s leadership and employees have done an outstanding job creating a very solid company. HDC is strategically building a larger, stronger, more agile and innovative business with room to grow. The new company will be positioned for improved, consistent, and stable top-line growth and a sustainable value for the short and long term.”

“We are appreciative of our loyal customers, some of whom have been with us from the beginning. I am confident that the level ofexpertise and experience that HDC brings will compliment and enhance our core services. The integrated resources will provide our
customers with unique benefits and an expanded mix of quality and service,” John Miller, Benchmark Graphics CEO, commented. “Our employees should be enormously proud of what we have built, their dedication and the knowledge that they bring to the manufacturing process has enabled us to build a well-positioned, diversified printing company and is the fundamental ingredient to our success. The new combined company will provide our existing employees with opportunities for advancement and create new positions as capacity expands. HDC and Benchmark are highly complementary businesses and together we can become an industry leader.”

This week the company begins executing the planned integration of the two companies’ operations, networks and customer service to ensure a smooth transition. Management of the combined company includes executives from both organizations: Christopher Che, President & CEO; Denise Smith, Director, Corporate Development & Diversity; Robert White, Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Steve Hill, Corporate Controller; Jeff Spahr, Director of Operations; John Miller, Vice President, Technology & Business Development; Bruce Nicholson, Operations Manager; Ron Miller, Richmond Plant Manager; and Leann Jones, Senior Customer Service Representative &
Office Manager.

Benchmark is a successful, 35 year-old, multimillion dollar label manufacturing company. They supply custom pressure sensitive labels and tags to retail and industrial markets. Benchmark’s modern 27,000 square foot plant is located on five acres in Richmond,
Indiana. The Richmond plant is equipped with eight state-of-the-art flexographic presses and home to 26 employees—the top four executives have each been with the company for more than twenty years, and the majority of the press operators have been with the
company for more than ten years.

Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC), is a 76 year old innovative supplier of high quality, flexographic and digital labels, coupons, short run flexible packaging and specialty printing. Specialty offerings include: lottery bet slips and receipt rolls; coinless casino slot
machine tickets; high end special effects; variable data; numbering; and barcodes (including 2D, QR Codes and MS Tags, variable or static). They work closely with their customers to help reduce inventory through customized print-on-demand while allowing for late stage differentiation. HDC provides the speed and flexibility to help get products to market faster, and employ a range of printing solutions to give products maximum shelf appeal and visual impact. HDC excels at both full-scale production runs, and small-scale production and test-market runs. Their labels, flexible packaging, apparel tags, and coupons offer superior value, performance, and durability. HDC customers range from small business to multinational corporations and represent a variety of industries including: automotive, health & beauty, cosmetics, medical, household products, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, industrial, lottery and casino gaming. Based in Dayton Ohio, HDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Che International Group, LLC (CIG)–a multinational holding company specialized in acquiring and growing subsidiary companies in diverse industries.

Jamie Sharp, Sales & Marketing Manager
937 233-4473 / jsharp@hoovendayton.com