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The Occasions Group Acquires Red Stamp

 
The Occasions Group Acquires Red Stamp

NORTH MANKATO, MN — Taylor Corporation and its affiliate The Occasions Group have reached an agreement to acquire Red Stamp of Minneapolis, MN, becoming part of The Occasions Group business unit. Red Stamp will continue to carry its brand name, website and offering in the market place.

“We are thrilled to become a part of The Occasions Group, a strong company with a long-standing tradition of quality and service in personalized correspondence,” said Erin Newkirk, CEO and Co-Founder of Red Stamp. “Our mission to Make Relationships Stronger has just become substantially more meaningful. We look forward to introducing many new offerings to our existing clients and serving new ones as we continue to evolve the social correspondence space.”

“The acquisition of Red Stamp provides The Occasions Group with a leading mobile app offering personalized communications directly from your mobile device,” said Mike Provenzano, President of The Occasions Group. “The Red Stamp app is a top 1% lifestyle app in the Apple Store and we are excited to have them as part of our team. Red Stamp brings a top-notch mobile experience that will blend well with our long-standing experience and offerings in the printed social-stationery and communications arena, furthering our goal to be the first choice in personalized communications for life events.”
 
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