PITTSBURGH, PA- September 30, 2016  – HDS, a leading promotional merchandise & corporate apparel agency, has acquired Stuart & Associates.  Stuart & Associates is a printing, promotional  products, and fulfillment services company based in Cleveland, OH. They also maintain a sales office in Columbus. Established in 1973, Stuart & Associates matured to become one of the premier printing and promotional product companies in eastern Ohio. While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, the acquisition will take HDS’ annual sales to an estimated $32 Million in annual revenue.

Craig McAllester, President and Owner of Stuart & Associates said, “We’ve been down the acquisition road a few times and this one seemed like the right fit from the beginning. I wanted to align Stuart and Associates with a company that has the same core values as our employees and one that could give our company the tools to service our clients well into the future.”

Stuart & Associates enhances the HDS strategy of expanding its capabilities in regard to promotional products, printing and fulfillment services. The acquisition now allows HDS to offer its client base printing services, as well as additional fulfillment locations. In addition to the Cleveland and Columbus offices, HDS has operations in Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Phoenix.

“Our acquisition of Stuart & Associates complements our goals of expanding into new markets, and adding printing & paper collateral services. This is just one more step toward becoming a vertically integrated company that meets the demand for consolidation in today’s business climate. Many of our clients that purchase promotional products also purchase print marketing,” explained Howard Schwartz, CEO and Founder of HDS.

“This adds to our repertoire of services that include promotional merchandise, corporate apparel, embroidery, screen printing and direct importing that we currently offer. We are truly a one stop shop that will continue to assist our clients with achieving all of their branding goals,“ added Schwartz.

HDS Marketing Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA is a Top 100 Distributor in the promotional product and corporate apparel industry.

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