The Allied Group Acquires DES Printing: sets sights on Strategic and Continued Growth in New England. Acquisition Positions The Allied Group as the Largest Commercial Printing and Fulfillment Company in Rhode Island.

Cranston, RI—January 30, 2015—The Allied Group, New England’s leading provider of printing, kitting, mailing and fulfillment services based in Cranston, Rhode Island, announced today the acquisition of DES Printing, a full-service, commercial printer based in Providence, Rhode Island.

DES Printing, a Providence-based and operated business led by President and CEO Rich Halladay, has been a leading full-service, commercial printer offering sheet-fed, digital, wide format and web-to-print capabilities. Effective immediately, DES Printing will be operating as a division of The Allied Group.

“We saw an excellent opportunity to join forces with another well-known and well-respected printer,” commented Robert C. Clement, CEO of The Allied Group. “We have a progressive attitude and approach to growing our business which is critical to maintaining and increasing our relevance in the Rhode Island and New England marketplace. We must have the resources and manpower to provide the new technology that our clients demand. Actions like this play a large role toward accomplishing that strategic goal.”

DES Printing is The Allied Group’s seventh acquisition since 2000. With this most recent acquisition, The Allied Group anticipates that its annual sales will top $20 million in 2015 and that the company will include 150 employees.

As a result of the acquisition, The Allied Group will add numerous new clients to its customer base as well as a significant number of existing DES employees. The Allied Group will also now offer wide-format printing and a feature-rich, enhanced web-to-print solution that enables users to create, manage and distribute printed materials on their own.  

“We are excited for the opportunity to join forces with The Allied Group! Our existing customers will continue to benefit from the same high quality products and exceptional customer service that they have been accustomed to receiving from DES,” commented Rich Halladay, President and CEO of DES Printing. “Also, they can take advantage of the wide range of additional products and services that Allied currently provides.”

November 2009 - Allied Survey Winners Announced

We'd like to thank all who participated in our online survey this year. Two lucky participants were picked at random to win a $100 gift card. The winners were Pam Walker, Director of Marketing & Communication at MultiPlan and Lynne Nelson, IS Business Analyst at The Concord Group. Congratulations Pam and Lynne and thanks again to all those who participated!

November 4, 2009 - Vendor of the Year

Allied was awarded Vendor of the Year at the New England Society for Healthcare Materials Management's (NESHMM) 37th annual dinner on October 21, 2009. This award is given to the organization that is being recognized for providing the highest level of support to the NESHMM and to Materials Management functions within the Healthcare Industry.

NESHMM's mission is to provide Healthcare Material Management Professionals with timely education on industry best practices and encourage peer networking, as well as, sponsor forums for the exchange of useful information. For more information about NESHMM please visit,

November 3, 2009 - PINE Awards

We are pleased to announce that The Allied Group was recently recognized for its design and print work by The Printing Industries of New England (PINE) and received Awards of Excellence for the following categories and pieces:

Southern New Hampshire University - Yield Book
Customized/VDP Digital Print
Pinnacle Award Winner:

MacuTrition, Advanced Vision Research
Customized/VDP Digital Print
Award of Recognition:

University of Hartford - Viewbook
Brochure 4/C
Award of Merit:

A photo from the awards ceremony:

September 14, 2009 - Blood Drive for Children's Hospital Boston

The Allied Group and the Courtyard Marriot in Foxboro Massachusetts sponsored a blood drive for Children’s Hospital on September 14, 2009 and we would like to thank the 35 donors who participated in this drive! Children's Hospital Boston's Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patient's in the Longwood Medical Area.
If you are interested in donating blood to the Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center, or would like more information, then please visit:

August 25, 2009 - The Allied Group, honored with a Best of Division award

The Allied Group was honored with a Best of Division award in the category of: Digital Printing - On-Demand in the 2009 Premier Print Awards. The most prestigious international printing competition recognizes outstanding achievement in print production. The Allied Group won the second highest award the judges can bestow in the competition, for our design and print work on Southern New England University's Yield book.

August 10, 2009 - Allied receives two PEAK Awards for its design
and print work.  

We are pleased to announce that The Allied Group was recently recognized with two Awards of Excellence by Print Solutions Magazine for its design and print work on a Student Viewbook created for the University of Hartford, and a Search Fulfillment Mailer created for Brandeis University.

University of Hartford's Viewbook:

Brandeis University's Search Fulfillment Mailer:

For more information about the competition and to see a complete list of the awards and winners, click here.

June 16, 2009 - Allied Supports Children's Hospital NSTAR.

Sunday, June 14, 2009 Allied sponsored Children's Hospital's annual NSTAR Walk in Boston to support their work towards the caring and treating of sick and injured children. Allied had a booth at the event and gave away pedometers and backpacks to those participating in the event but also educated people about donating blood and the important role it plays in the care of Children's Hospital patients.

May 27, 2009 - Growth And Efficiency: Find Both For Success

Allied's VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian Butler, was a guest columnist for the May 17th Providence Business News and pens, Growth And Efficiency: Find Both For Success. To read article, Click Here.

May 26, 2009 - Allied Presents at NEACAC

The Allied Group's Steve Condon, Senior Client Manager, and Elise Hamann, Marketing Manager presented at the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) at Western New England College on Thursday May 28, 2009. Their presentation entitled Implementing a Successful 1:1 Admissions Program, covered the importance of communicating and connecting in Admissions and explained how to target interested students with personalized approaches. The presentation consisted of 3 guest panelists, Michelle Beauregard, Assistant Director of Admission at Bryant University, Shane Ciccarelli, Associate Director of Admission & SFA at The University of Hartford, Steve Soba, Director of Admission at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information on this event visit:

April 27, 2009 - Allied receives ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

The Allied Group received dual certification under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) quality systems standards, for ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008.

We are committed to providing our customers with world-class printing and contract kitting and fulfillment services to the medical device and life sciences industries. The achievement of these ISO certifications will communicate the significant progress we have made toward that goal.

The ISO 13485:2003 standard is specifically designed to certify medical device manufacturers and their key suppliers. This standard defines requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide medical devices and related services that consistently meet customer specifications and regulatory requirements. ISO 9001:2008 is the most recent update of the widely recognized ISO 9001 standard. While not specific to medical device manufacturing, ISO 9001 is intended to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of a quality management system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Click here to learn more about Allied's ISO Certification

December 9, 2008 - The Allied Group, a 2008 Best of Category Winner

Printing Industries of America and the Premier Print Awards proudly presented The Allied Group with top honors in the 2008 Premier Print Awards for their work on Bryant University's Student Search Brochure. As a top honor The Allied Group received the Benny, a universally recognized symbol for excellence in print. Winners of such awards truly exemplify the very best in print.

December 3, 2008 - The Allied Group Goes Green

The Allied Group recently became FSC certified and offers a variey of "greener" printing options. Click here to learn more.

November 20, 2008

Members of RI's House Finance Committee spent the day visiting The Allied Group and 4 other leaders of the state's manufacturing sector. Click here to read the article that appeared in the Providence Business News.

October 29, 2008 - PINE Awards

We are pleased to announce that The Allied Group was recently recognized for its design and print work by The Printing Industries of New England (PINE) and received Awards of Excellence for the following categories and pieces:

Southern New Hampshire University - Yield Book
Digital Printing: Customized/Personalized/Variable
Data Digital Printing
Pinnacle Award Winner:

Gregg’s Restaurant - Menu
Miscellaneous Specialties
Award of Recognition:

Johnson & Wales University - Student Search
Direct Mail Campaigns: Consumer
Award of Merit:


September 23, 2008 - "Managing a Million Dollar Business"

Tom O'Hare, a Higher Education consultant working with The Allied Group, is presenting a session, "Managing A Million Dollar Business", at the Massachusetts Association of State Financial Administers (MASFAA) Annual Conference in Hyannis MA on Sunday, November 19.

September 29, 2008 - Bob Salvas presents seminar on Business Communications at the Business to Business Statewide Expo

Allied's Direct Mail Consultant, Bob Salvas, presented a seminar on Business Communications at the Business to Business Statewide Expo at The University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center on Wednesday October 1.

September 18, 2008 - Tech Collective: Rhode Island Innovation Awards and Tech Laureates Night

The Allied Group sponsored a Rhode Island not-for-profit company, Tech Collective, by designing and printing their program books for their Rhode Island Innovation Awards and Tech Laureates Night. Tech Collective helps to drive technology growth, innovation and prosperity by uniting industry, government and education in our state and we were proud to be able to support them.


September 10, 2008 - Concordia Medical Open House

Allied client, Concordia Medical, had an Open House for their new Warwick RI facility. The Allied Group was instrumental in coordinating this successful event which brought together over 100 people with key speakers Governor Donald Carcieri, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Executive Director, Saul Kaplan, Slater Technology Fund Senior Managing Director, Rich Horan; Concordia Chairman of the Board, David Staples, President & CEO Randal Spencer, and Executive Vice President Medical, Art Burghouwt. We'd like to congratulate Concordia for all they have done for Manufacturing in the state of Rhode Island, and for their push to remain innovative in today's world.

September 7, 2008 - Strictly Business Expo

The Allied Group exhibited at the 7th Annual Strictly Business Expo on Thursday October 16th, a collaboration of neighboring chambers including the Attleboro Area, Neponset Valley, and Tri-Town Chambers of Commerce and our affiliates.  The Expo was held at Christina's, on Route 1 in Foxboro, MA.

September 7, 2008 - We Mean Business

Our VP of Marketing, Brian Butler, presented at the Every Company Counts (ECC) - division of the RI Economic Development Corporation (EDC) event "We Mean Business" on Monday September 22.

August 7, 2008 - Burgers, Dogs & Dialogue

In August The Allied Group hosted Burgers, Dogs & Dialogue, a community BBQ to help local Cranston, RI businesses get to know one another and explore what resources are right around the corner. The event drew in such companies as Kamco, Turf Master, Cranston Arc, Eastern Screw and more.

June 16, 2008 - Every Company Counts

Brian Butler presented to Every Company Counts, a division of The RI Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) on Wednesday, June 18th.

June 16, 2008 - Supply-Chain Management Using The SCOR

Jack Biddick spoke at the Rhode Island Supply Chain Management Summit at Bryant University on Friday, June 20th. The topic was Supply Chain Management Using The SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference).

June 12, 2008 - 1:1 Admissions Marketing

Steve Condon and David Speakman presented "One-to-One Approaches to Admissions Marketing" at the annual NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) conference in Burlington Vermont on June 12. Their session was filled with approximately 40 Admissions professionals from mostly New England area Colleges and Universities.

June 9, 2008 - Lesson from Red Baron: Work to be an ACE

The Allied Group's VP of Sales & Marketing Brian Butler looks at 3 ways to be a modern day A.C.E in business today. Click here to read the article.

May 20, 2008 - World Trade Day

The Allied Group exhibited at the 23rd Annual World Trade Day at Bryant University on May 30th.

May 15, 2008 - Biz Tips, Steak Tips, Golf Tips

Our TIPS event on Wednesday, May 14th was a great success.  Attendees from a wide variety of companies including JH Network, B2B Contact Inc, Swarovski, TAB Providence, XRA Medical Imaging and many more came to gleen Biz Tips from both Brian Butler, The Allied Group's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and George Donovan, President of Sandler Training.

In addition to the business experts, TPC's executive chef treated the group to some fabulous grilling tips and shared a savory marinade and rub of his very own for attendees to try at home.  The afternoon ended out at the driving range where TPC's golf pros offered up some tips--Posture, Grip, and Alignment-- and a demonstration that even Tiger and his peers are reminded of on a daily basis.

Three lucky attendees were randomly chosen and received a $250 Gift Certificate to the TPC, $250 Gift Certificate to Omaha Steaks, and 2 Spots to Play at the TPC.

Plans for the next Allied event are in the works!  If you are interested in signing up, please contact Jaki Gaudet at or ph. 401-946-6100 x. 3112.

Below are some photos from the event:

The TPC in Norton, MA where Biz Tips–Golf Tips–Steak Tips was held

Brian Butler, Allied's VP of Marketing and Sales, presents
"Find 'Em, Get 'Em, Keep 'Em"

The TPC's Pro gives some "Golf Tips"

May 7, 2008 - Providence Business Expo

The Allied Group exhibited for the first time at The Expo this spring.  Drawn to the booth by Allied's vibrant orange shirts and the opportunity to spin the prize wheel, attendees learned about the company's strength in helping businesses grow by attracting, acquiring and retaining the right kind of customers.

Photos from the expo:

April 3, 2008 - Providence Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Visit The Allied Group at the Providence Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Booth 741 May 6th and 7th. To learn more, click here.

March 18, 2008 - One-to-One Marketing: How to Treat Different Customers Differently

Brian Butler, VP of Sales and Marketing at The Allied Group and author of the book
Find ‘em, Get ‘em, Keep ‘em, shared valuable insight at Felony Marketing sponsored workshop on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at The Hampton Inn, 2100 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island. Read the Press Release for more information.

January 7, 2008 - Marketing Message Must Make Connection

Allied's VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian Butler, was a guest columnist for the January 7th Providence Business News and pens, Marketing Message Must Make Connection. To read article, Click Here.

December 6, 2007 - The Allied Group: A business model for
a world of new business

New England Printer and Publisher released their article, The Allied Group:
A business model for a world of new business.
To read the article, Click Here.

November 1, 2007 - PINE Awards

The Allied Group swept the PINE Award's Digital Printing: Customized/Personalized/VDP category, bringing home the first, second and third place awards.

Bryant University, Pinnacle Award Winner:

Inskip Lexus Direct Mailer, Award of Recognition:

University of Bridgeport, Award of Merit:

October 31, 2007 - Nepcon Trade Show

The Allied Group spent two days at the 2007 Nepcon Convention in Boston informing the medical world of Allied's Supply Chain Management Capabilities. To learn more about Supply Chain Management, Click Here.

September 14, 2007 - The Allied News

"The Allied News" is released. To read "The Allied News" as a PDF, Click Here.

June 2, 2007 - The Allied Group Brochure is released.

This 12 page brochure explains the four sections of the company, as well as its expansive history. To read it as a PDF, Click Here.

May 18, 2007 - Allied Marketing and Sales Expert Releases His Book, “Find ‘Em, Get ‘Em, Keep ‘Em”

Brian Butler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing authors his breakthrough book on the new reality in attracting, acquiring, and retaining customers. [Press Release]

May 2, 2007 - New England Mail Expo

Bob Salvas from The Allied Group spoke at this year's New England Mail Expo on marketing and direct mail.

October 19, 2005 - The Allied Group Acquires Newsletter Press of New England

Growing demand for The Allied Group's products and services means more resources! [Press Release]

May 2, 2005 - UMass Memorial Medical Center and Lifespan Join With The Allied Group Team

Critical document management that can only be trusted to the best. The Allied Group partners with UMass Memorial Medical Center and Lifespan [Press Release]


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