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Ironmark buys small book publisher

Ironmark, a Howard County-based printing, design and marketing company, announced Thursday that it had acquired United Book Press, Inc. to create a book publishing division that would boost annual revenue from $22 to $35 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a prepared statement, Ironmark president Scott Hargest said the move would allow the company to introduce its printing and marketing services to United Book's customers, and the book publisher's "book bindery capabilities are also a nice complement to our existing offerings."

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United Book, whose customers include publishers, foundations, trade association, colleges and government agencies, will remain in its 80,000-square-foot plant in Woodlawn. The family-owned company was founded in 1989.

This is the latest in a series of moves for Ironmark, whose owners last year moved to new headquarters and changed the name from CPS Gumpert, a name that emerged after the merger of Frank Gumpert Printing and Corporate Printing Solutions.

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