SDI Innovations, parent company of School Datebooks, acquires Colorado-based competitor
Lafayette, Ind. – March 14, 2019 – Lafayette-headquartered SDI Innovations, parent company of School Datebooks, announced Thursday, March 14th, that it has acquired Grand Junction, Colorado-based Action Agendas.
Action Agendas, an academic publisher, supplies planning calendars and gradebooks to more than 1,000 schools in the United States and has a robust presence featuring more than 120 products on Amazon.
“We are both companies that serve similar markets from the K-12 continuum and on Amazon,” CEO Tim Powers said. “SDI Innovations and School Datebooks continue to thrive in the student planner industry. The acquisition of Action Agendas is a strategic one that creates access we wouldn’t ordinarily have to 1,000 more schools. We are excited to show our new customers what the family of SDI Innovations brands are all about.”
“We’ve worked hard to deliver a simple, worry-free experience for all our customers,” Powers said. “That strategy has paid off and is now allowing us to expand. We’re proud of our best-in-class sales and customer service, our successful workplace culture, marketing innovations and product offerings and are able to focus on sharing that experience with as many markets as we can.”
“The Action Agendas products clearly fit our School Datebooks publishing arm and we will gain an even more robust Amazon presence than we have currently. More important, as we extend our reach into the STEM market with STEM Education Works and event scheduling with Eventlink®, we’ve gained a level of access to these schools that can’t be achieved other ways,” Powers concluded.
In addition to the School Datebooks student planner business, SDI Innovations is the parent company of many educational suppliers, stationery suppliers, and agricultural industry publishers; STEM Education Works provides hardware and curriculum in STEM Education; Eventlink® delivers athletic and full-school event scheduling software; No Name Paper Co. sells high-end planners and stationery on Amazon and Etsy; and Ag Printers provides marketing and labeling solutions for the ag industry.
SDI Innovations started as School Datebooks and was founded in 1985 by Sharon Powers. Her kitchen-table endeavor that began with her children’s school started as a local project and quickly became a thriving international business.
A private company, with more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states and 22 countries placing orders this school year, SDI Innovations operates onsite printing and binding operation at its 42,000-square-foot Lafayette, Ind. facility. The company currently employs 85 full-time between the Lafayette, Ind. headquarters and their Denver, Col. office. They employ another 60 seasonal employees, many of whom are interns from Purdue University’s Computer Graphics Technology Department, Krannert School of Management, College of Liberal Arts, and the Selling and Sales Management Department.
The company continues to be a major player in supporting the Greater Lafayette community. Employees are encouraged to volunteer for the Read to Succeed program, and the company has long supported the Golden Apple Awards given by Greater Lafayette Commerce to local teachers. Staff serve on numerous community and commerce boards. Company support also extends to American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette, Food Finders Food Bank, Greater Lafayette Commerce, Franciscan Hoops Classic, Salvation Army and United Way of Greater Lafayette, among other organizations and events. Regular blood drives and quarterly “Community Do Good” projects extend the reach of the company into the community.
Please contact SDI Innovations with any questions. 800.705.7526