Jon Levine, Jim Nathanson and Jay Nathanson, owners of The Image Group (PPAI 103424) / Target Marketing (PPAI 109001) have reached an agreement to acquire distributor Thomas Marketing of Richmond, Virginia, effective September 1. The news was first reported on Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert.

“This acquisition is a great opportunity for our Mid-Atlantic region,” says Jon Levine, CEO of The Image Group. “By combining our unique strengths, buying power and client diversity, we’ll be able to provide unparalleled service to our customers.”

Al Thomas, president of Thomas Marketing, adds, “In order to provide continued opportunities for our employees and our customers, I have been open to the right growth partner who shares our passion for excellence in execution, our core values, and focus on product safety and social responsibility. Knowing Target Marketing and The Image Group’s results for the last decade made this transaction a great opportunity for us.”

The combined company will have more than 100 marketing professionals and will be headquartered in both Toledo, Ohio, and Richmond, and will continue to operate under The Image Group, Target Marketing and Thomas Marketing brands. The Image Group and Target Marketing merged in June 2017.