BLR® Business & Legal Resources Acquires Thompson Information Services’ HR, Health Care and Environmental Divisions from Parent Company Columbia Books & Information Services

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Bethesda, MD , March 24, 2016 –  Thompson Information Services has reached an agreement to sell select assets to BLR. As part of BLR’s continuing expansion, the acquisition of Thompson Information Services’ HR, Health Care and Environmental divisions from Washington D.C.-based publisher, Columbia Books & Information Services aims to expand the scope of BLR’s compliance solution suite and reach new markets forged by Thompson.

“As we welcome these new divisions into the BLR brand family, we’re looking forward to capitalizing on the natural synergies of our respective operations,” says BLR’s CEO Dan Oswald. “This will result in a more comprehensive product portfolio for our customers and support the continued growth of BLR as a market leader in industry specific compliance solutions.”

Thompson Information Services echoes this sentiment. “It is rewarding to see our in-depth, specialized compliance offerings joined with BLR, the clear leader in HR and health care publishing,” says Joel Poznansky, President, Columbia Books & Information Services.  “This acquisition also allows us to focus more on Columbia Books & Information Services’ roots as a specialized publisher for Washington D.C. centered industries.”  

The Thompson Information Services HR collection includes over 30 trusted titles covering critical compliance and regulatory issues — including the ADA Compliance Guide, the Fair Labor Standards Handbook and essential tools like  the Employee Handbook Builder 

Bruce Guzowski, Managing Partner of Guzowski Advisory LLC, represented BLR on this transaction.

About Thompson Information Services

Since 1972, thousands of professionals in business, government, law and academia have relied on Thompson Information Services to provide the most authoritative, timely and practical guidance available in a variety of professional practice areas. Thompson Information Services is recognized as one of the leading publishers of compliance and regulatory information and training in the fields of federal grants, federal contracting, financial services, food and drug, and FERC-related energy regulations.. Thompson Information Services is a division of Columbia Books & Information Services.

About Business & Legal Resources

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