Annex Business Media of Simcoe and Aurora, Ontario, has acquired PrintAction magazine, its associated media properties, and the Canadian Printing Awards, from Youngblood Publishing Ltd. of Markham.
“We at PrintAction are very excited to become part of the dynamic Annex team,” says Sara Young, Publisher of PrintAction and President of Youngblood Publishing. Young has joined Annex and is to continue in her role as the publisher of PrintAction. The magazine’s full-time staff is also joining the Annex organization.
“I personally look forward to continuing to build the PrintAction brand,” says Young, “And creating new opportunities for members of Canada’s printing industry to communicate with one another.”
Annex Business Media is Canada’s largest privately owned business-to-business media company, with 37 B2B publications and 54 digital brands reaching business communities through print, news Websites, electronic newsletters, events, digital video and social media.
“This is an excellent acquisition for Annex,” says Mike Fredericks, President of Annex. “The PrintAction properties fit very well with our print and digital business model and the annual awards event provides a platform for expansion into other sectors that we serve. Sara’s knowledge of the industry will be of benefit not only in our publishing group, but also our publication printing division.”
PrintAction magazine was founded in 1961 by Sara Young’s father, John Young. The publishing entity, among other initiatives, has produced an annual Buyers’ Guide for the graphic communications industry since 1994. In 2006, PrintAction began the annual Canadian Printing Awards program to recognize the best in Canadian printing, while presenting notable speakers such as David Suzuki, Brian Mulroney and Stephen Lewis.