AWT Labels and Packaging has acquired Citation Clinical Labeling Systems, a global leader in clinical labeling.
Based in Hauppage, N.Y., the business will now operate under the name of Citation Healthcare Labels, LLC.
Citation provides clinical trial labels for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, clinical research organizations and clinical packagers. Richard Bolnick, who will remain Citation’s president, founded the company with his family in 1963. Citation’s products serve mission critical applications by ensuring the accuracy and effectiveness of trials, improving participant safety and helping customers introduce drugs to the market more efficiently. Citation provides world-class product quality, project management, customer service and speed to market, which are imperative for pharmaceutical customers.
This acquisition strengthens AWT’s commitment to the global healthcare labeling market and will allow AWT to take advantage of growth opportunities in the clinical trial label markets. Citation customers will now have access to AWT’s resources and investments in state-of-the art print and production technologies, as well as access to AWT’s Minneapolis, Minnesota facility for additional healthcare label capabilities.
Bolnick, alongside Citation COO Frederick Youngs, will continue in leadership roles and will become shareholders of AWT. Citation operates out of a single pharmaceutical and medical grade facility and has approximately 100 employees.
“Citation looks forward to the next chapter of growth by joining the AWT organization,” Bolnick said. “Citation and AWT share many of the same philosophies, including providing our customers with a world-class experience, a commitment to healthcare labeling and quality systems, the development of our employees and continually investing in state-of-the-art equipment. We believe the best is yet to come for our customers as they will benefit from additional facilities, personnel and resources of the combined businesses.”
Jim Lundquist, AWT president and CEO, adds: “Rich Bolnick and Fred Youngs have spent many years building a great company with outstanding people and tremendous capabilities, and we proudly welcome the Citation team to AWT. We will leverage the unique capabilities of both organizations to continue to serve our customers with world class quality and excellent service. The addition of Citation meaningfully increases our healthcare labeling capabilities and allows AWT to become one of the largest healthcare-focused label providers for pharmaceutical clinical trial and medical device manufacturers in the U.S.”
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