CINCINNATI, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Two leaders in the K-12 publishing industry are joining forces. Dubuque, Iowa-based Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, publisher of science, math, and gifted materials, acquired Cincinnati-based RCL Benziger, publisher of Catholic educational materials, on Tuesday, August 16.
RCL will continue to operate under the RCL Benziger name and maintain its corporate office in Cincinnati. This acquisition will allow Kendall Hunt to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of educators in both the private and public arenas.
Family owned and operated, Kendall Hunt was previously part of William C. Brown that published religious education materials for the Catholic faith, starting with The Archdiocese of Chicago in the early 1970s, before expanding throughout the United States in the 1980s under the name Brown ROA.
RCL Benziger, founded in 1792, is one of the oldest publishers of Catholic educational materials and faith formation resources in the United States, and is a leading provider of religious education programs for Catholic Schools and parishes.
"Passion is key in K-12 education. At Kendall Hunt, our customers are passionate about their curriculum and looking for new, innovative ways to teach today's youth," said Kendall Hunt Publishing President and Chief Operating Officer Chad Chandlee. "This acquisition will allow both Kendall Hunt and RCL Benziger to explore intelligent ways to integrate new products and services into our curricula. Both companies have a rich, long-standing, positive reputation in the marketplace and the two coming together will better serve today's customers."
"There are many similarities between our two businesses," said Peter M. Esposito, President of RCL Benziger. "Our legacy brands deliver highly engaging, customer-centric content to their respected markets. With Kendall Hunt as our parent company, I see on the horizon our ability to create and offer more integrated digital learning tools and solutions, in addition to customizing content for Catholic schools and parishes throughout North America."
About Kendall Hunt Publishing
Kendall Hunt Publishing is the premiere publisher of innovative, hands-on, inquiry-based science, mathematics, and gifted curricula for grades PreK-12. Our award-winning research and standards-based programs are available in both print and digital components that fully engage students, teachers, and parents. Visit k12.kendallhunt.com to learn more.
About RCL Benziger Publishing
RCL Benziger is one of the oldest publishers of Catholic educational materials and faith formation resources in the United States. Known for its digital product offerings and bilingual resources, RCL Benziger is a major provider of religious education programs for Catholic schools and parishes. The RCL Benziger family of products supports catechists, educators, students, families, and individuals. Visit www.RCLBenziger.com to learn more.
East Wind acted as exclusive financial advisor to RCL Benziger in this transaction.
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