Chicago-based full-service agency L.C. Williams & Associates announced today that it has acquired Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based food and beverage shop JSH&A Communications. Terms of the acquisition, which became effective April 1, were not publicly disclosed.

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LCWA executives told O’Dwyer’s that the acquisition brings the agency extensive food and beverage expertise in media relations, social media activation and special events, and serves as a “great complement” to LCWA’s consumer marketing experience.

“LCWA and JSH&A are very similar agencies, with complementary clients and expertise developed over decades in all aspects of public relations,” Kim Blazek Dahlborn, president and CEO of LCWA, told O’Dwyer’s.  “We were founded on the principal of providing big agency thinking with the dedication and service of a small firm, and we will continue to uphold these core values that both agency teams share.”

JSH&A will now operate as LCWA, with all staff now listed as LCWA employees. JSH&A employees have since relocated to LCWA’s downtown Chicago offices.

JSH&A was founded in 1989 by former GolinHarris senior VP Jonni Hegenderfer, who served as CEO. The IPREX member agency later went on to count McDonald’s, The Hershey Co., ConAgra Foods and Master Lock as clients.

LCWA, which was founded in 1985, last year accounted for more than $4.5 million in net fees.