Acquisition Joins Two of Country’s Oldest B-to-B Publishers
NEW YORK -- The Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp., publishers of seven trade magazines, acquired the assets of Davison Publishing Co. this week in a merger of two of the country’s oldest business publishers. Financial details were not disclosed.
“This transaction brings together two of the nation’s oldest business publishers, each with roots that go back to the 19th Century,” says Arthur J. McGinnis, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Simmons-Boardman. The New York City-based Simmons-Boardman’s oldest magazine is its 150-year-old Railway Age, founded in 1856. Davison, which operates in Orlando, Fla., is home to a property that traces back to 1866.
Davison will maintain its Orlando offices and will be directed by Robert P. DeMarco, senior vice president of Simmons-Boardman and the publisher of six of Simmons-Boardman’s magazines. “Our respective lists of titles suggest that Simmons-Boardman and Davison Publishing will be a good fit,” says DeMarco. “We’re fortunate that many of Davison’s staff will remain with us. With their help we will continue to provide quality information for Davison’s thousands of directory customers, and we will look to expand this division into other industries.”
Simmons-Boardman’s seven trade magazines include Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures, International Railway Journal, European Rail Outlook, Marine Log, ABA Banking Journal, and Sign Builder Illustrated. Davison publishes seven annual directories serving the textile, fence, commercial marine, tile and corrugated box and folding carton industries, including: Textile Blue Book, Marine Alaska West Coast Yellow Pages, Marine Atlantic Yellow Pages, Marine Gulf States Yellow Pages, Tile & Stone Blue Book, Box & Carton Blue Book, and Fence Blue Book.