News 2013


The Garvey Group Announces Los Angeles Acquisition

The Garvey Group, LLC located in the heart of the Midwest, is pleased to announce its acquisition of the large format printing division of Schawk, Inc. a prominent brand management firm. Our new facility will be re-branded as The Garvey Group West large format facility, LLC and will remain in Los Angeles.

The Garvey Group West

“I am thrilled that we were able to make this important acquisition and convinced that all customers and employees will benefit greatly as we join together to offer a full range of digital, lithographic and creative services,” said Ed Garvey, owner and CEO of The Garvey Group, who represents the third generation of his family to run the 94-year-old business. “This acquisition continues our development as one of the most sophisticated, technology-driven strategic marketing partners in our industry.”

The Garvey Group’s operations in Niles, Ill., specialize in printing point-of-purchase displays, packaging and box wraps, while the company’s Milwaukee, Wis. and Sturtevant, Wis. plants focus on digital and custom commercial printing, marketing collateral and distribution services. The Garvey Group West produces out-of-home signage for major clients including some of the biggest brand names in the film industry, the electronics world and the retail sector.

“The inclusion of this facility in our group provides the opportunity to work with new customers and develop new business connections, to grow our presence in the West and to provide expanded production resources for all of our customers,” Garvey said.


The Garvey Group Goes Big Again with Supersize Colter & Peterson Cutter

Colter Peterson CutterIn 2007, The Garvey Group purchased a record-size 110˝ rebuilt Lawson paper cutter from Colter & Peterson (C&P), the largest independent distributor of paper cutters and paper handling equipment in North America. With business expanding and a need for extra throughput, Garvey recently turned to C&P again and installed a new 110˝ Saber XXL paper cutter. Three months later, not only have they met the new work demands but have also improved the processing time for jobs off the press.

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The Garvey Group Adds Eighth KBA Press—A New Rapida 162a 64” Large Format

The Garvey Group, a network of advertising, marketing, print production, and fulfillment services based in the Chicago suburb of Niles, Illinois, is adding its eighth KBA press in 2013---a new Rapida 162a 64-inch six-color press with UV curing.

Garvey 64 inch Press

“In response to continuing growth and demand for labels and top sheets, The Garvey Group is investing in a new 64-inch KBA 162a six-color press with UV curing. We are seeing positive signs from our customer base,” says Ed Garvey, owner and president of The Garvey Group, “and this acquisition reinforces our commitment to serving our clients with the best people and the best equipment. This acquisition will also answer capacity needs due to a growing customer base and increasing sales volume.

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Garvey Awarded at Premier Print Awards 2013

Apple VacationsThe Garvey Group has been awarded two 2013 Premier Print Awards for outstanding achievement in the production of posters and Point-Of Purchase Materials.

The Premier Print Awards is the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious worldwide printing competition, hosted by Printing Industries of America, which recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of outstanding print communications.

Having examined thousands of entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world, the judges awarded Garvey two Certificates of Merit for their entries, Apple Vacations and Nabisco Holiday House. Less than 33% of the total entries in this year’s competition won an award.

The Premier Print Awards is the printing industry’s oldest and largest worldwide graphic arts competition. In its 64th year, the competition recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of superior print communications. The event promotes excellence in print and rewards companies and individuals who produce the best in print media.

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Garvey Wins Best of Category "Point of Purchase" at Graphics Excellence Awards 2013

With more than 1,000 entries from printing and graphic arts firms from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, The Garvey Group won Best of Category for POP display and Award of Excellence for Large-Format Printing.

Nabisco Holiday HouseThe winning pieces include a Nabisco Holiday House in-store retail Point-of-Purchase Display and Dos Equis Beer Standee.

A panel of judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work. Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similar pieces.

The judging criteria included registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery and overall visual impact.Graphics Execellence Awards

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