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13 American Inks Coatings


13 American Inks & Coatings
3400 N. Hutchinson St.
Pine Bluff, AR 71602
Phone: (870) 247-2080
Fax: (870) 247-5317

Sales: $72 million in ink and coatings.

Major Products: Water- and solvent-based flexo and gravure packaging inks and coatings; UV and EB coatings.

Key Personnel: Jerry Mosley, CEO; Michael Mosley, COO; Scott Clark, VP and general manager.

Number of Employees: 197.

Operating Facilities: Pine Bluff, AR; Winston-Salem, NC; Shreveport, LA; Portland, OR; Ontario, CA; San Leandro, CA; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY; Chicago, IL.

Comments: The sixth-largest U.S. packaging ink manufacturer, American Ink and Coatings (AIC) continues to enjoy growth in the flexible packaging, folding carton, multi-wall bags and gift wrap ink markets, with sales increasing nearly 6% to $72 million in 2011. With the acquisition of Graphic Sciences, a water-based corrugated ink specialist, in October 2011, AIC is poised to enter new markets.

“It was a good year for AIC in all aspects of the business,” said CEO Jerry Mosley. “Paper packaging in some areas continues to decline, while flexible continues to grow.”

For AIC, the major news was the announcement that Mosley Holdings, the parent company of AIC, acquired Graphic Sciences. The acquisition of Graphic Sciences provides AIC with new water-based inks for the corrugated market, as well as the experience and knowledge of the Graphic Sciences’ team. AIC will continue to operate Graphic Sciences’ eight facilities, and consolidated the company’s Portland, OR headquarters in Mosley Holdings’ Sheridan, AR offices. In addition, Jeff Ashburn, president of Graphic Sciences, will stay on to lead this group for AIC.

Outside of the Graphic Sciences acquisition, AIC continues to invest in improving efficiency, and upgraded some of its mills to improve production.

For the most part, raw material costs and supply concerns have stabilized, although there remain challenges.

“Pricing and supply have seemed to stabilize, with certain items continuing in short supply and threats of future increases,” Mr. Mosley noted.

Mr. Mosley believes that the combination of AIC and Graphic Sciences positions the company for continued growth in the packaging ink market in the coming years.

“For us, 2012 and beyond look to be outstanding growth years for American Ink and Coatings with the acquisition of Graphic Sciences and the new markets we feel we can now serve,” Mr. Mosley concluded.