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      American Greetings being taken private for $602 million

      CLEVELAND (AP) American Greetings has agreed to be taken private for about $602 million by a group led by some of its top executives.

      The greeting card and gift seller said Monday that a group formed by the Weiss family, including Chairman Morry Weiss and CEO Zev Weiss and others, will buy the shares of the company they don't already own for $18.20 a piece in cash.

      This is a 13 percent premium to American Greetings Corp.'s closing price of $16.10 last Thursday.

      The Weiss family initially offered to buy the Cleveland company in September for $17.18 per share.

      The company values the entire deal at $878 million including assumed debt and a dividend.

      In addition to its namesake brand, American Greetings also owns Carlton Cards, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
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