USA – Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG) has announced that it’s North American Distribution Division has acquired Lewis Paper International, Inc., a leading distributor of paper, packaging and wide-format products headquartered in Addison, IL.

The acquisition spans two of CNG’s North American regions currently served by Lindenmeyr Munroe (Midwest) and Kelly Spicers (West).

Each organization will absorb the Lewis Paper operations in its own geographic region, which includes six facilities located throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado.

Founded in 1982, Lewis Paper is known in the paper and packaging industry for its extensive product offerings, excellent customer service and enduring supplier relationships.

“The acquisition of Lewis Paper continues our history of commitment to the paper business and the commercial printing sector,” said Bill Meany, President of Lindenmeyr Munroe.

“Adding their facilities to our operations allows us to strengthen our service and inventory levels for paper, packaging and wide format customers.”

Along with decades of industry experience and relationships, Lewis Paper brings an experienced, dedicated management team and knowledgeable employees.

President Jan Gottesman Kelly Spicers said: “Lewis Paper is a trusted and recognized brand, with valuable regional insights and product expertise. With new customers and additional products, we look forward to expanding our presence throughout the Midwest and Colorado.” 

Tom Clarkson, COO and VP of Sales/Marketing, will continue with the company in a new role as Vice President of Sales.

Lewis Paper CEO and long-time industry leader Bob Zessis will enjoy a planned retirement following the acquisition, expected to close on June 30, 2022.

The latest transaction follows an earlier acquisition of California-based packaging company American Packaging in July 2020 through Kelly Spicers to expand its packaging operations in the US’ West region.

American Packaging provides packaging solutions for various industries, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and technology.

CNG will continue offering its global service in pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, nonwovens & fibers, wood products and metals in America.

The company employs 3,000 people in 29 countries around the world and is privately held and builds on more than 135 years of family ownership, market knowledge and adaptability to create value for clients around the world.

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