New Jersey-based Imperial Bag & Paper acquires New York-based Burke Supply, distributor of paper goods, industrial packaging, among other items, to increase product range, distribution services

BAYONNE, New Jersey , September 1, 2011 (press release) – Imperial Bag & Paper Company, LLC (“Imperial”), the largest single-location food service distributor in the United States, today announced the acquisition of Burke Supply Co., Inc. (“Burke”). Located in Brooklyn, NY, Burke is a leading Metro-New York distributor of innovative janitorial and chemical supplies, cleaning products, paper goods, safety supplies and industrial packaging. While Imperial and Burke will continue to operate under their respective names and managerial staff, the combined businesses are expected to generate in excess of $250 million in annual revenue and operate from more than a half million square feet of distribution space.

“We are excited to welcome the Burke Supply team into the fold,” said Robert Tillis, CEO of Imperial. “With the addition of Burke’s experienced and knowledgeable sales force, the combined company will be able to provide a broader range of products and services, as well as increased distribution solutions to our valued customers.”

Jason Tillis, President of Imperial added, “Our acquisition of Burke supports Imperial’s strategy to remain the most responsive provider of packaging, janitorial and shipping supplies to customers throughout the tri-state area.”

“We look forward to partnering with the management team at Imperial,” said Stuart Berkowitz, President of Burke. “We’re happy that our customers can expect the same great service, while enjoying a more diverse line of products.”

“Imperial will continue to look for other strategic acquisitions that will continue to expand our business,” noted Robert Tillis.

About Imperial Bag & Paper Company, LLC

Founded in 1935, Imperial is known for its excellent service and quality. Imperial offers a superior selection of paper, packaging and janitorial products, and is committed to thinking outside the box, consulting with customers to satisfy their current and future needs. Imperial also provides nationwide service to chain restaurants and national retailers. For additional information regarding Imperial Bag & Paper Co., LLC, visit

Cyprium Partners, a private equity firm focused primarily on non-controlling transactions, is an investor in Imperial.

About Burke Supply Co., Inc.

Burke is a premier distributor of innovative janitorial, chemical, food service and packaging supplies, as well as cleaning products, paper goods, safety materials and industrial packaging. Burke is committed to pairing high-quality products with excellent customer service, while maintaining low costs. For more information regarding Burke Supply Co., Inc., visit

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