Jostens

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Jostens
Founded 1897
Founder(s) Otto Josten
Headquarters Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Number of locations 13 stores nationwide
Area served National
Products Class rings, yearbooks
Parent Visant Corporation

Jostens is an American company providing yearbooks[1][2] and class rings[3] for various high schools and colleges as well as championship rings for sports,[4] including the Super Bowl rings.

Jostens also produced photobook products for Disney's PhotoPass photography service offered at Disney theme parks and resorts.[5]

Otto Josten founded the company as a watch-repair business in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1897.[6] As well as its headquarters near Minneapolis, Jostens has facilities in Clarksville, Tennessee; Shelbyville, Tennessee; Topeka, Kansas; Visalia, California; and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In the late 1980s the company made an unsuccessful venture into computer systems.[7]

Jostens is owned by Visant; Visant is owned by the private equity firms DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

In mid 2013, Jostens released the yearbook industry's first iPad app at the National Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention in San Francisco.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farhad Manjoo (28 May 2013). "Most Likely to Succeed". Slate Magazine. The Slate Group. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Ki Mae Heussner (25 September 2012). "With $3.6M, TreeRing revives the yearbook for the Facebook generation". GigaOM. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Barmash, Isadore (2003). A Not-So-Tender Offer. Beard Books. p. 23. ISBN 1-58798-171-8. 
  4. ^ Harmon, Michael (2005). The Savvy Guide to Fantasy Sports. Indy Tech Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 0-7906-1313-1. 
  5. ^ Hooper, Michael (January 27, 2007). "Jostens Inc. partners with Disney". Topeka Capitol-Journal. .
  6. ^ "Jostens Investor Information". 
  7. ^ Tushman, Michael L.; O'Reilly, Charles A. (1997). Winning Through Innovation. Harvard Business School Press. p. 210. ISBN 1-57851-821-0. 
  8. ^ "Jostens Introduce Educational iPad App". 

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