Advocate expands market share, acquires Transcontinental Inc. line of business

PICTOU, NS, July 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Advocate Printing and Publishing Company Limited announced today it has acquired a significant line of business in the Maritimes from Transcontinental Inc. as Advocate continues to grow and evolve its position as the Atlantic Canada market leader in commercial printing.

Advocate has acquired most of Transcontinental Inc.'s Dartmouth based commercial printing business including associated assets, sales force, client services team and the opportunity to service the seller's current Atlantic Canadian commercial printing clients serviced by the Dartmouth facility. Advocate will not assume ownership of Transcontinental Inc.'s national clients, newspaper publishing and newspaper printing, or retail flyer printing business.

"We are excited to welcome new members to the growing Advocate family and provide the best client service, printing and creative options in Atlantic Canada," said Sean Murray, President and CEO of Advocate Printing. "Our focus now is bringing the benefits of our expanded team and capabilities to our new and existing client base."

The incoming sales and client service team will remain in Dartmouth at Advocate's office in Burnside while several production positions will be offered to support increased output at the Pictou and Bridgewater facilities.

"This acquisition strengthens our position as Atlantic Canada's leader in commercial printing and is another positive step in the continued growth and evolution of our business," said Murray. "The move allows us to grow and service our customer base through existing Nova Scotia facilities in Pictou, Bridgewater and our New Brunswick facilities in Dieppe and St. Stephen."  

The majority of the new production will be transferred to Advocate's flagship printing facility in Pictou with some production going to Bridgewater. Acquired assets will bolster efficiencies and modernize Advocate's high quality short and medium run printing facility in Bridgewater. Other equipment will be slated for our Dieppe facility and St. Stephen where Advocate focuses on entrepreneurial print and administrative printing.

About Advocate Printing & Publishing

Founded in 1891, Advocate Printing & Publishing is headquartered in Pictou, Nova Scotia and is the largest independent printer in Atlantic Canada. The company services clients throughout the Atlantic Provinces, the eastern seaboard and across Canada through printing facilities in Pictou, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; Dieppe, New Brunswick and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The print business includes production of everything from national flyers, magazines and direct mail to brochures, business cards, and promotional materials.

Additionally, Advocate publishes 10 newspapers, 21 trade and regional magazines, a flyer distribution organization, and operates commercial photography, creative design and digital services operations.


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For further information: Jill Murray, Director, Marketing and Communications, Advocate Printing and publishing, T: 902 481 6250, E:,; Sean Murray, President and CEO, Advocate Printing and Publishing, T: 902 485 7326, E:,

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