[kids-lib] Summer Reading: Highsmith/Upstart changes ownership

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Dec 30 08:45:36 PST 2010

Attention staff who order summer reading materials from Highsmith/Upstart:

Hello!  I recently received the following email from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and press release from Highsmith/Upstart regarding a change in ownership—DEMCO has acquired Highsmith/Upstart.  At this point no one anticipates any changes in service regarding 2011 summer reading materials nor changes in the relationship with CSLP.

Please contact Matt Mulder, the CSLP rep at Highsmith/Upstart/DEMCO, with any questions or concerns about the new ownership.  His email is: m.mulder at highsmith.com<mailto:m.mulder at highsmith.com>.

Thank you,

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

From: statereps-cslp-bounces at lists.cslpreads.org [mailto:statereps-cslp-bounces at lists.cslpreads.org] On Behalf Of Sherif, Sue (EED)
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:20 PM
To: statereps-cslp at lists.cslpreads.org
Subject: [statereps-cslp] Important CSLP News Regarding Highsmith/Upstart - FYI

Hello, CSLP State Reps—

Below and attached are the text of a press release from Matt Mulder announcing a change in ownership for Highsmith/Upstart.  I have talked to Matt, who does not anticipate a change in service level or in our relationship with Highsmith/Upstart.  Matt indicates that questions about the new ownership, which was finalized last Friday  should go to  directly to him (m.mulder at highsmith.com<mailto:m.mulder at highsmith.com>).

If you have any concerns on the CSLP side, please let me know.

Sue Sherif
CSLP President
sue.sherif at alaska.gov<mailto:sue.sherif at alaska.gov>


December 21, 2010                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                            CSLP EXECUTIVE BOARD, STATE REPS

Upstart, the exclusive vendor of the CSLP, has been acquired by DEMCO from W.W. Grainer, Inc. Upstart is currently based in Janesville, WI, and will operate from the DEMCO facilities in Madison and Deforest, WI.

This change of ownership will not impact the 2011 CSLP product shipments. Upstart has already begun shipping 2011 product and will accelerate shipments in anticipation of an April move to DEMCO’s Madison location.

Throughout the transition, all contact information will remain the same, including phone, fax, e-mail and the website URL. A link to coverage of the acquisition is included below. Please contact Matt Mulder at m.mulder at highsmith.com<mailto:m.mulder at highsmith.com> with any questions or concerns.


Matt Mulder, Highsmith

Distributed by: Sue Sherif for CSLP

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