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The Jackson Group, one of the city's largest woman-owned businesses, has been acquired by Houston-based Consolidated Graphics Inc.

The Indianapolis-based company,  whose operations include printing and direct marketing, had 132 employees in mid-2010, ranking it the sixth-largest woman-owned business in the area, according to IBJ research.

Terms of the transaction, announced Monday in a press release, were not disclosed.

Included in the deal are subsidiaries Jackson Press Inc. and Total Response Inc., both on the city’s southeast side, at 5804 Churchman Bypass.

The Jackson Group, which was co-owned by Kathy and Ron Jackson, was founded as an art studio in 1961 by Ron Jackson and evolved into a printing, marketing and mailing company.

Jackson Press ranked as the city’s 10th-largest commercial printer in 2009 with 42 employees and revenue of $8 million, according to IBJ statistics.

The release did not disclose whether Jackson Integrated, another Jackson Group unit, was included in the sale. Jackson Integrated, with 27 employees, ranked as the city's 10th-largest full-service advertising agency in 2009.

Officials from both companies did not return phone calls seeking comment on Monday morning.

Consolidated Graphics also announced that it has promoted Patsy Koepke to president of The Jackson Group. A native of Indianapolis, Koepke joined Consolidated Graphics in 2004 as its vice president of national sales.

The publicly traded Consolidated Graphics operates 70 printing presses in 27 states, as well as in Toronto and Prague in the Czech Republic.

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  • No one to answer the phone
    Perhaps the reason nobody answered their phone is that the Jackson Group laid off 50 associates by phone on a Sunday. Must have made those calls right after the ink dried on the acquisition papers. Another example of a business selling out for the total benefit of the owners with no care for those workers who built their sucess.

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