CSS Industries, Inc. (CSS), incorporated on November 5, 1923, is a consumer products company. The Company is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of all occasion and seasonal social expression products, principally to mass market retailers. These all occasion and seasonal products include decorative ribbons and bows, all occasion boxed greeting cards, gift tags, gift wrap, gift bags, gift boxes, gift card holders, decorative and waxed tissue paper, decorative films and foils, classroom exchange Valentines, floral accessories, Easter egg dyes and novelties, craft and educational products, stickers, memory books, stationery, journals, notecards, infant and wedding photo albums, scrapbooks, and other items. The Company markets its products to mass market, craft, specialty and floral retail and wholesale distribution customers, and teachers' aids and other learning oriented products to the education market through mass market retailers, school supply distributors and teachers' stores. CSS also designs, manufactures, procures, distributes and sells a range of seasonal consumer products primarily through the mass market distribution channel. Its Christmas products include decorative ribbons and bows, boxed greeting cards, gift tags, gift bags, gift boxes, gift card holders, tissue paper and decorations. CSS' Valentine product offerings include classroom exchange Valentine cards and other related Valentine products, while its Easter product offerings include Dudley's brand of Easter egg dyes and related Easter seasonal products. The Company's brands include Paper Magic, Berwick, Offray, C.R. Gibson, Markings, Stepping Stones, Tapestry, Seastone, Dudley's, Eureka and Stickerfitti.
The Company's products are manufactured, packaged or warehoused in10 facilities located in the United States, with the remainder sourced from foreign suppliers, primarily in Asia. The Company's products are sold to its customers by national and regional account sales managers, sales representatives and by a network of independent manufacturers' representatives. The Company's operating subsidiaries include Berwick Offray LLC (Berwick Offray), Paper Magic Group, Inc. (Paper Magic) and C.R. Gibson, LLC (C.R. Gibson).
The Company's Ribbons and bows are primarily manufactured and warehoused in seven facilities located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas. Non-woven ribbon and bow products are primarily made from polypropylene resin, a petroleum-based product, which is mixed with color pigment, melted and pressed through an extruder. Large rolls of extruded film go through various combinations of manufacturing processes before being made into bows or packaged on ribbon spools or reels as required by various markets and customers. Woven fabric ribbons are manufactured domestically or imported from Mexico and Asia. Imported woven products are either narrow woven or converted from bulk rolls of wide width textiles. Domestic woven products are narrow woven.
Boxed greeting cards are produced by Asian manufacturers to its specifications. Domestically distributed products are warehoused in a distribution facility in Pennsylvania. Easter egg dye products are manufactured in Asia to specific formulae by contract manufacturers. Domestically distributed products are warehoused in a distribution facility in Pennsylvania. Memory books, stationery, journals and notecards, infant and wedding photo albums, scrapbooks, educational products, and other gift items are imported from Asian manufacturers and warehoused and distributed from a distribution facility in Florence, Alabama. Its floral accessories include pot covers, foil, waxed tissue, shred, aisle runners, corsage bags and other paper and film products, are manufactured in facilities located in New Hampshire or imported from Mexico. Manufacturing includes gravure and flexo printing, waxing and converting. Products are warehoused and distributed from a distribution facility in Pennsylvania. Other products, including decorative tissue paper, all occasion gift wrap, gift tags, gift bags, gift boxes, gift card holders, classroom exchange Valentine products, Easter products, educational products and decorations are designed to the specifications of CSS and are imported primarily from Asian manufacturers.
The Company competes with American Greetings Corporation, LLC and Hallmark Cards, Incorporated.