March 6, 2019 — KANSAS CITY, Mo., and DALLAS — Tension Corporation and Motion Envelope, Inc. today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Tension will acquire Motion Envelope.
Motion Envelope was established in 1984 and is a family-owned envelope manufacturing business in Dallas. The company specializes in high-end direct mail, and its product offerings include specialized finishes, hot and cold foil, and embossing, as well as other unique print techniques that have proven to get results.
“We are pleased to enter into this relationship with Motion Envelope,” said Bill Berkley, president and CEO of Tension Corporation. “John Searfoss, Sr. and his son, Johnnie, have built an impressive business that will not only complement Tension’s product portfolio and provide our customers additional creative options, but also aligns well with Tension’s culture and commitment to quality.”
As the second largest envelope manufacturer in the U.S., Tension now has an even greater reach with specialty products from Motion Envelope. Tension Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Toby Reed, said, “Further expansion into the high-end direct mail space illustrates our commitment to our customers to provide creative formats that get results, and our continued confidence in the effectiveness of direct mail as part of the marketing mix.”
“Motion Envelope has worked with Tension for years,” said John Searfoss, Sr. “Tension has been a valuable partner, and we are excited to join their team.”
Tension Corporation, a privately held and operated company based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a global leader in envelope products and packaging & automation solutions. The envelope division serves a wide variety of industries, including financial, insurance and direct marketing, as well as working with third-party providers directly. Its Packaging and Automation division provides automation solutions, software, consumables, and service and support to the ecommerce fulfillment and pharmaceutical fulfillment industries. Founded in 1886, Tension manufactures billions of envelopes annually and has seven regional manufacturing facilities and offices, as well as operations overseas.