Lawton Printing Inc. Thursday announced the acquisition of a Texas publishing company which will make the Spokane-based company the country’s largest printer of directories for chambers of commerce.
Lawton is acquiring Lammert Publications of San Antonio, which has contracts to publish directories for 65 chambers of commerce, said Ray Lawton, president of the Spokane company which already had contracts to publish 76 such directories.
Lawton said the acquisition also will expand the Spokane company’s presence in the South and Southwest. The firm last January opened a one-person office in Oklahoma City. Terms of the San Antonio acquisition were not disclosed.
Lawton Printing’s Spokane operations are expanding with installation of a Heidelberg direct-imaging offset press.
The press “allows us to effectively produce short-run, high-quality color projects,” Lawton said, explaining that the printing technology goes directly from the computer screen to plates on the press unit, skipping the traditional offset printing steps of computer to film and film to press plate.
The company’s printing division, now with 62 employees, will add five more in the next 12 months, Lawton said. The company also has 30 employees in its File-EZ Folder Inc. business.
Lawton Printing was founded in 1940 in a converted chicken coop and is managed by third and fourth-generation family members. Gary Lawton is vice president and Laura Lawton-Forsysth is publication manager.