Publishers’ Graphics, a Chicagoland book manufacturing company specializing in digital POD and short-run printing for the trade, specialty, and self-publishing markets, announced Tuesday that it has acquired Corley Printing, a family-owned book manufacturing company located in suburban St. Louis since 1929. Corley Printing provides web, offset, and digital book printing, primarily for educational, medical, and religious publishing companies. Publishers’ Graphics, which was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Carol Stream, Ill., operates its primary manufacturing facility there, with a small satellite plant in Florence, Kent. It also partners with a half-dozen printing companies in Europe and Asia to provide book manufacturing services to international markets.

The acquisition of Corley Printing will expand Publishers Graphics’ capabilities beyond POD and short-run digital to traditional offset web printing. It will also add an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company’s current 15,000 square feet total in Carol Stream and Florence. The acquisition also will provide more warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution space.

Explaining that one primary goal in acquiring Corley Printing was to provide “more targeted publishing solutions” for its customers, Nick Lewis, president of Publishers’ Graphics, stated, “This acquisition will significantly enhance our print capacity while at the same time leverage our existing strengths in technology, workflow automation and customization.”