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Kennedy Group Experiencing Rapid Growth

Press release from: The Kennedy Group
The Kennedy Group, Custom Label Manufacturers
The Kennedy Group, Custom Label Manufacturers
CLEVELAND, OH (October 4, 2011) The Kennedy Group, in Willoughby, Ohio officially announced the successful acquisition of Label Technique Southeast based in Pensacola, Florida. This is the company’s second strategic acquisition in one year’s time.
A logical extension of The Kennedy Group portfolio, Label Technique Southeast was founded in 1979 as a specialty and custom label manufacturer serving the food and produce market. The company produces primary and secondary labeling solutions while leveraging digital printing with sequential numbering and 2D barcoding. The Kennedy Group also looks to leverage the production capabilities this plant offers by introducing its customers to new products such as Roll Fed/ROSO films and promotional response products . In the long run this is where the combined entities bring the most value. The company offers food tracking software, StrataTrace™ that allows consumers to identify where food originates and determine any recalls.
“The expansion continues our footprint in the southeast while enhancing our customer base and increasing our capacity and capabilities,” Michael Kennedy, President of The Kennedy Group, cited some key drivers for this strategic move. “We look to leverage additional assets to expand their labeling systems portfolio based on The Kennedy Group’s experience today.”
Over the coming months, the combined product labeling companies will integrate and leverage the force of four production plants, the RFID Customer Solutions Center, sales offices in Cleveland, Atlanta, Daytona, Orlando, and Pensacola, as well as affiliate offices. The company is poised to grow business opportunities in the Southeast region, adding to its current base of over 3,000 clients in 40 states and seven countries.
The Kennedy Group was established in 1974 as a privately held, family owned business. The company has grown into a leading label manufacturer and developer, specializing in promotional, tracking and identification labeling solutions. Some diverse industries serviced include consumer products, health and beauty products, private label, retail, industrial, automotive, material handling, biomedical, healthcare, chemical, and agriculture.
This latest acquisition comes just after Florida Marking Products (FMP) joining The Kennedy Group. Florida Marking Products was founded in 1984 as a manufacturer and marketer of specialty and custom product labels, durable identification products, commercial marking, promotional products, as well as custom signs to industrial and commercial customers.
“The Kennedy Group has weathered this treacherous economic climate by investing in its business, both in technology improvements and strategic acquisitions,” Kennedy concluded. “Both of our recent acquisitions help us expand our client base, especially in niche and underserved markets. This position ensures our continued growth, regardless of the pace of economic recovery.”

About The Kennedy Group
Comprised of four divisions, the Labeling and Packaging Division offers a wide variety of pressure-sensitive label, promotional and roll-fed/ROSO film products that create unique shelf appeal and powerful branding solutions. The Material Handling Identification Systems Division provides specific identification solutions and label holders for reusable containers, racks and pallet storage areas. In addition, the companies Promotional Response Products Division offers front-page advertising services to newspapers as well as a National Program that provides advertisers with a streamlined process to place a wide assortment of colorful, removable advertisements on the front pages of more than 450 newspapers reaching over 35 million consumers daily. The RFID Solutions Division provides turnkey assistance in helping major manufacturers to test, specify, install, service and support their EPC-compliant, fully integrated RFID software. Through its RFID Customer Solution Center, The Kennedy Group helps customers verify that the technology will work in their application to assist them with furthering their efforts to meet EPC compliance.

To learn more about The Kennedy Group visit www.kennedygrp.com. To learn more about Florida Marking Products visit www.floridamarking.com. To learn more about Label Technique Southeast visit www.labeltechnique.com.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, The Kennedy Group is a leader in labeling, packaging, promotions, identification, and tracking systems for a variety of industries including food processing, household chemical, consumer products, industrial, automotive, material handling, biomedical, electronics, electrical and chemical.

The Kennedy Group
38601 Kennedy Parkway
Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mary Roddy-Stretar
Market Manager
440-951-7660

ph: 440-951-7660 | fx: 440-951-3253

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