January 14, 2013
Southworth Announces Acquisition of The Madison Park Group
Southworth Co., manufacturer of the most popular retail brand of premium cotton and other fine papers for more than 170 years, has acquired The Madison Park Group, a leader in the social expressions and gift industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome everyone from The Madison Park Group into our family of companies,” said David Southworth, fifth generation company president. “They have an impressive and unique business model and we have long been aware of their success in the competitive social expressions and gift industries. We look forward to supporting their continued growth in the specialty retail segment.”
The Madison Park Group and its employees will remain headquartered in Seattle, and will retain the company’s name and business model under the leadership of co-presidents Brian Jacobsen and Glen Biely.
The Southworth Co. was founded in 1839 in West Springfield, Mass. and today is the market leader in the business, resume and premium paper industry. The company produces a full range of specialty papers at its paper mill in Turners Falls, Mass. Southworth continues to expand its reach into the social expressions industry with the acquisition of The Madison Park Group, as it also owns Lallie, an upbeat yet traditional line of personalized invitations, cards and gifts.
With roots tracing back to 1977, The Madison Park Group established itself as one of the earliest specialty greeting card companies in the country. More than 30 years later, the company has expanded through strategic manufacturing and distribution arrangements and partnerships with the leading designers in the industry. Today, The Madison Park Group has grown far beyond greeting cards with products including personal accessories, gifts and party goods.
United by a common business culture, Southworth and Madison Park Group look forward to continuing to work with their partners and retailers to bring new and innovative product to the social expressions marketplace.