The purchase strengthens Berlin Packaging's presence in the Midwest by adding an office and warehouses in Cleveland. Vivid’s entire staff, all skilled in food & beverage, personal & pet care, industrial & household chemicals, and healthcare packaging, will be joining the Berlin team.
"Uniting with Berlin Packaging is the ideal next step that takes my organization to a whole new level. Customers can still do business with their sales and support team, now operating under the Berlin Packaging umbrella, and now have access to new packaging products and services along with a passion for execution that is unmatched in the industry,” said Allan Saltz, who founded Vivid Packaging in 1999.
"Each of the four acquisitions we made in 2010 and 2012 expanded our geographic footprint as well as the resources and capabilities available to assist customers with growing their bottom lines. This one achieves the same objectives, and we are confident that it will be equally successful because Vivid's vertical market focus and growth culture fit so well with ours," said Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "Acquisitions like these along with our continued strong organic growth, which has far outpaced the packaging industry for 20 years, are the core building blocks that will help us meet our goal of doubling in size by 2017."
With the addition of Vivid Packaging's employees and locations in Cleveland, Berlin has over 600 team members and more than 90 sales offices and warehouse locations. Also, Vivid adds more than 1,000 customers and prospective customers to Berlin's already large database of qualified packaging buyers, helping suppliers land new business and grow sales.
The Vivid Packaging transaction closed on August 31. Berlin Packaging previously acquired Pittsburgh-based All-Pak, Chicago-based Continental Packaging Solutions, Connecticut-based Lerman Container, and California-based United States Container Corporation (USCC).