Minneapolis, MN – March 6, 2006 – Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of technologies, information resources, and books for K-12 districts and schools, has acquired the assets of Demco Media's Turtleback Books binding and distribution business. The acquisition, which was finalized March 1, positions Sagebrush as one of the leading providers of prebound books to the education market.
"This acquisition is a fantastic opportunity for Sagebrush to continue to expand its support of K-12 schools and libraries. By merging the best qualities of these two highly respected companies in the K-12 book distribution market we will offer our customers exceptional value, service and support across the board," said Jim Zicarelli, CEO of Sagebrush Corporation. "For our company it means broader distribution across North America, the ability to maximize the binding processes within our Topeka, Kansas manufacturing and fulfillment center, and to offer to schools the widest selection of high quality books."
Sagebrush Corporation will bring to Turtleback customers the benefits of a full service book jobber, offering breadth and depth of title selection, and high-quality prebounds. Additionally, Sagebrush will make available to these customers online full text reviews, a revolutionary way to match their book selection to state curriculum standards, and the support of an industry-leading collection development team. These services, when combined with Sagebrush's award-winning software products, will help all Sagebrush and Turtleback customers efficiently and effectively manage today's school library.
"Turtleback Books has been a strong prebound manufacturer and distributor for the last 15 years and is pleased to have found such a strong partner to carry on the Turtleback name," said Demco Media's president, Brendan Wall. "The combined businesses will offer improved capabilities to service and support our loyal customers' needs in the future." Demco Media's sister company, DEMCO, Inc., will not be affected by the sale and will continue to run its core library supplies and furniture business.
About Turtleback Books
Turtleback Books offers high-quality pre-bound books and a selection of titles in publisher original bindings to help customers build an inviting school and library environment. With more than 25,000 titles, including award-winning, association-recommended, popular series, and informative nonfiction titles, Turtleback Books helps schools to build successful readers.
For more information about Turtleback Books, call 1-800-255-3502 or visit www.turtleback.com.
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader serving K-12 schools in their efforts to improve performance by providing students access to relevant information, stimulate interest in reading and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features the award-winning Sagebrush Accent, Sagebrush InfoCentre, Sagebrush Athena, Sagebrush Spectrum, and library automation systems, the smart research tool Sagebrush Pinpoint and Sagebrush Viewpoint for informed, data-driven decision-making. Sagebrush Education Resources provides an ever-increasing title selection, instant online collection analysis, and time-saving tools through the online bookstore, www.sagebrushbooks.com. Sagebrush also features top-rated customer support, a wide range of training options and complete data enhancement services. Visit www.sagebrushcorp.com or call 1-800-533-5430.