LOS ANGELES, CA – July 1, 2010 – Two of Southern California’s venerable printing companies, Burdge Incorporated founded in 1923 and Stuart F. Cooper founded in 1929, announced their merger effective today. Stuart F. Cooper is a primary supplier of engraved and printed products to law firms, accounting and consulting firms, corporations, and self-publishers while Burdge provides stationery and marketing material to corporations through a strong association with the graphic design community.
Combined, the firms will serve the printing needs of over 6,000 customers nationwide from their Los Angeles and Atlanta printing facilities. Stuart F. Cooper acquired Atlanta based J.P. Stevens in 1997. Stevens, founded in 1874, grew to become the South’s premier social stationery engraver and now serves the printing needs of the legal and professional community on the East Coast.
To Burdge’s client base, the merger with Stuart F. Cooper brings expertise in on-demand digital printing along with larger format six-color printing and a full bindery. Cooper’s clients will gain the expertise Burdge has in its customized web-to-print solutions and their multi-process printing techniques.
Both firms have a reputation for producing high quality printed products, sometimes combining up to eight printing techniques on a single piece. Products the companies produce include business cards, letterheads, envelopes, announcements, pleading paper, brochures, presentation folders, manuals, reports, directories, catalogs, books, greeting and holiday cards, personal stationery and digitally printed communications. The printing industry has honored the two firms collectively with over 180 combined awards for printing excellence, more than any other printer in their niche.
Don Burdge, grandson of the founder of Burdge, Inc., will be the company’s president and CEO while Dave Overgaard, formally president of Stuart F. Cooper, will be the company’s chief operating officer. Burdge graduated from USC in 1979 with a degree in public relations and after working for a short time in the advertising industry joined the family firm in the early 1980’s. Overgaard graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1979 with a degree in Graphic Communications and has worked in the industry ever since. Dave joined Stuart F. Cooper in 1981 and became its president in 2002.