Kupper Parker Purchases Boston Shop

CHICAGO Kupper Parker Communications will acquire EPS Communications in a two-phase deal expected to be completed by late 2005 or early 2006, according to the agency. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal will give the St. Louis-based KPC a greater presence in the Boston area. The shop’s current Boston-based staff of six will move into EPS’ Charlestown, Mass., offices, which are of equal size. EPS president Rick Jaffe will help with the transition and remain with the company.

In the first phase of the deal, KPC will immediately acquire the new clients landed by EPS since late July 2004, such as lighting company Osram Sylvania, food-service equipment maker Univex and Rugby International. The second phase of the deal will involve the remaining client list and some other assets, and is expected to close in late 2005 or early 2006, according to agency officials.

“EPS’ business-to-business specialty and strength in developing high-level collateral catalogues complements KPC’s integrated marketing capabilities,” said Bruce D. Kupper, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of KPC, in a statement. “At the same time, we can immediately and seamlessly provide a full range of integrated services to all of EPS’ accounts, including Kennebunk Home, Odysseys Unlimited and Stride Rite.”