Unisource Expands European Presence With Graphic Communications Purchase of Euro-Papier

02 Dec, 2009, 14:29 ET from Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading distributors of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America, has announced that Graph Comm International, a subsidiary of Graphic Communications Holdings, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Euro-Papier.

"This acquisition significantly strengthens our market position throughout Europe," said Al Dragone, Unisource CEO. "We will continue to pursue strategic acquisitions that expand our operations both within and outside North America," he said.

Graphic Communications, Unisource's full-service print and paper brokerage, sells more than one million tons per year of coated and uncoated paper to a wide variety of regional, national and international companies. Euro-Papier, headquartered in Belgium, specializes in paper and print management. The name of the new company is Graph Comm Belgium.

"The existing Euro-Papier business, which includes a significant portfolio of retail and catalog paper customers, fits in well with our strategic business model," said Matt Dawley, President of Graphic Communications. "Euro-Papier team members, including the current leadership team, will now become part of Graph Comm Belgium. This will allow us to continue to use their market expertise and leverage this experience to develop multi-channel customer solutions in Europe and across the globe," said Dawley.

About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourcelink.com) is a leading independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the largest private companies in the United States and offers the most comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With more than 5,500 team members - including sales, customer service and technical support specialists; approximately 85 distribution centers; and a fleet of "Big Red" trucks - Unisource can deliver what your business needs when and where you want it - locally, regionally and nationally.

About Graphic Communications Holdings, Inc.

Graphic Communications Holdings, Inc., a part of Unisource Worldwide Inc., is a full-service paper and print brokerage, selling more than one million tons per year of coated and uncoated paper to a wide variety of regional, national and international companies. The company also manages more than $150 million in print purchases annually by working with the country's foremost printers.

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