Cleaning Industry Timeline

We developed the Cleaning Industry Timeline to help industry leaders better understand market dynamics.  The key questions are what comes next and what actions should I take?

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Betco Acquires GMI Engineered Products

Betco Corporation, Bowling Green, Ohio, acquired the assets of GMI Engineered Products including CRMX, 3-Step Concrete Polishing System, in January 2018.

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AFFLINK adds Foodservice Group Golbon’s 288 Members to their membership

Golbon, a leader within the Foodservice distribution industry with the power of 200-plus independent distributors, has entered into a 5-year agreement to join AFFLINK effective March 1, 2018.

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Imperial Dade announces additional acquisitions


The Jordan Company acquires Carlisle Food Service Products

Carlisle Companies Incorporated announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell Carlisle FoodService Products (CFS) to The Jordan Company of New York. The Jordan Company is a middle-market private equity firm.

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Blue Sage Capital takes a Majority Equity Position in Americo Pads

Blue Sage Capital has acquired Americo Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of non-woven synthetic and natural fiber floor pads, hand pads, utility pads, floor matting, and other cleaning accessories.

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Diversey Acquires Twister Pads

Diversey announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Twister Holding AB and its assets for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Polaris.

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Imperial Dade announces additional acquisitions


Trivest acquires an equity position in Jon-Don

Trivest Partners announced it has made an investment in Jon-Don, Inc.  With the support of Trivest, the Company will be pursuing identified initiatives for continued organic growth while also actively pursuing strategic add-on acquisitions.

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Aramark acquires Ameripride and Avendra GPO

Aramark announced two strategic and transformative acquisitions:

  1. Avendra to enhance purchasing capability and extend industry reach
  2. AmeriPride Services to expand scope and geography of uniforms business

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World Dryer is acquired by Zurn Rexnord

Rexnord Corporation announced that it acquired World Dryer Corporation. World Dryer is a leading global manufacturer of commercial electric hand dryers with the largest worldwide installed product base. Zurn, a business within Rexnord’s Water Management platform.

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ABM acquires GCA Services Group

ABM announced it has completed its acquisition of GCA Services Group for approximately $1.25 billionfrom affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division.  GCA is a leading provider of facility services in the education and commercial industries.

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Kellermeyer Bergensons Services acquires Varsity Contractors

Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS), the largest provider of technology-enabled, integrated interior and exterior property services to retailers, grocers, and multi-site customers in North America, announced that it has purchased Varsity Facility Services.

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Katy is acquired by Highview Capital and Victory Park Capital

Highview Capital, LLCand Victory Park Capital Advisors, LLC announced today the completion of the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Katy Industries, Inc.

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Imperial Bag & Paper Completes Acquisition of Dade Paper becomes Imperial Dade

In addition to Dade Paper, imperial’s has thus far acquired the following firms.

  • Accommodation Mollen
  • Peninsular Paper
  • Burke Supply
  • Goldman Paper
  • Borox Paper
  • Borda Products
  • Center Moriches Paper
  • Sifen-Berman Paper
  • Wasserman Bag

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AFFLINK forms alliance with Independent Stationers’ 300 members

AFFLINK has formed a strategic alliance with Independent Stationers, an industry-leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative to launch Affiliate Membership programs that strengthen the dealers and distributors of each organization.

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Lowes acquires Maintenance Supply Headquarters

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Maintenance Supply Headquarters, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products

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Katy Industries files for Chapter 11


Buckeye accelerates corporate owned Cleaning Centers

Buckeye International has 30 company-owned distributors nationwide.  Read more.


Hillyard joins the Network Buying Group

Network Services Company recently added the Hillyard Distribution Group as member.

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Diversey Care acquires Daylight Medical UVC Disinfection

Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division today announced it has acquired the UVC disinfection portfolio of Cleveland-based Daylight Medical, a manufacturer of innovative medical devices. The portfolio acquired includes UVC disinfectant technologies designed to disinfect rooms, surfaces, non-critical equipment and devices.

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Tennant acquires IPC Eagle Group

Tennant Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of IP Cleaning and its subsidiaries (IPC Group) from private equity fund for $353 million (€330 million). The privately held IPC Group, based in Italy, designs and manufactures innovative professional cleaning equipment, tools and other solutions.

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BAIN Capital acquires Diversey

Sealed Air Corporation today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to Bain Capital Private Equity,  The transaction closed on 9/6/17.

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CINTAS acquires G&K Services

Cintas Corporation announced that it completed the previously announced acquisition of G&K Services, Inc.

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Fuller opens full line All Pro Supply distribution centers


Carlisle acquires San Jamar

The Carlisle Companies Incorporated announced the acquisition of San Jamar, Inc., a leading provider of universal dispensing systems and food safety products for food service and hygiene applications.

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Ferguson acquires Matera Paper Company

Ferguson has acquired Matera Paper Company, Inc. (Matera) in a stock transaction completed December 12, 2016. Matera is headquartered in San Antonio, TX.

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Ecolab Sells Swisher Restroom Cleaning Business to Enviro-Master

Ecolab Inc. has sold the restroom cleaning business it acquired through the November 2015 acquisition of the U.S. operations of Swisher Hygiene Inc. to Enviro-Master International Franchise LLC.   Ecolab continues to operate the warewashing, kitchen specialty, laundry and housekeeping cleaning and sanitizing products and services business of Swisher Hygiene, serving the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.

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SC Johnson re-enters the professional market

SC Johnson announced that it is returning to the industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaning business.

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S.P. Richards acquires Safety Zone

S.P. Richards Co., the office products group of Genuine Parts Co. Atlanta, GA, has agreed to acquire The Safety Zone LLC, Guilford, CT.

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NISSCO RDG merged with Excell

Excell Marketing & Procurement Group and NISSCO Restaurant Dealer Group today announced a strategic alliance. Now under a common umbrella, EMPG Holding Company, the two companies look to be a market leader supporting food service equipment and supplies dealers.

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PCS Industries is acquired by Ferguson

HP Products Corporation, a subsidiary of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., acquired PCS Industries in an asset transaction completed on January 25, 2016. PCS Industries.

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Ecolab acquires Swisher

Ecolab Inc. announced that it has closed on its acquisition of the U.S. operations of hygiene and sanitizing solutions provider Swisher Hygiene Inc. Sales in 2014 for the operations included in the agreement were approximately $176 million.

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Vizient acquires Medassets GPO

A private equity firm will acquire MedAssets and split the company in two, absorbing its revenue-cycle management business and selling its group purchasing and consulting business to the VHA-UHC Alliance, which is already one of the biggest GPO players in healthcare.

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Triple S Holdings announces distributor acquisition program

Triple S Holdings will provide a new option for owner-principals (Member and Non-members) that are looking to exit their distribution businesses. Triple S Holdings will also look to assist current Triple S Members that wish to expand through acquisition or greenfield startups.

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Afflink adds Pinnacle Affiliates office supply distributors to membership

AFFLINK, a global leader in supply chain management and creator of the ELEVATE™ process, has announced a joint partnership with Pinnacle Affiliates, a 26-Member dealer group representing the largest independent office products distributors in the US.

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SCA Acquires Wausau Paper

SCA and Wausau Paper Corp., a producer of away-from-home tissue products, have announced that SCA will acquire Wausau Paper for $10.25 per share, or around $513 million (approximately SEK 4.2 billion) in cash.

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CBRE Acquires Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions Business

CBRE Group, Inc. announced that it has closed the acquisition of Johnson Controls, Inc.’s Global Workplace Solutions business. Global Workplace Solutions is a market-leading provider of enterprise facilities management solutions for global corporations and other large occupiers of commercial real estate. Global Workplace Solutions had revenue of more than $3.0 billion in calendar year 2014.

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Home Depot acquires Interline Supplyworks

The Home Depot, Atlanta, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jacksonville, Florida-based Interline Brands, Inc. Interline owns SupplyWorks, a recent consolidation of AmSan, CleanSource, JanPak, Trayco, and Sexauer.

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New Mountain Capital Acquires Zep

Zep Inc. and an affiliate of New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. (“New Mountain”) announced today that they have closed their previously announced acquisition of Zep in a transaction valued at approximately $692 million. The execution of a definitive merger agreement outlining the terms of the transaction was initially announced on April 8, 2015.

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United Stationers rebrands as Essendant

United Stationers, a 93-year-old office-product company, is rebranding as Essendant, which combines “essentials” and “ascending” to reflect a unified brand.

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GDI Facility Services becomes publicly traded

GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. Completes Arrangement and $150.4 Million Public Offering.

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Cushman Wakefield merges with DTZ Facility Services

Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ have reached a definitive agreement to merge and are set to become one of the largest global real estate services companies.

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Amazon shuts down Amazon Supply. Relaunches Amazon B2B Business

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace strictly for businesses.   Amazon Business replaces AmazonSupply, Amazon’s current marketplace for industrial products and office supplies.

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SC Johnson acquires DEB/Stoko

SC Johnson is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding offer to acquire Deb Group, a global industrial company focused on hygiene and skin care systems for the industrial, commercial, healthcare and food markets.

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HP Products is acquired by Ferguson

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (Ferguson), the largest plumbing wholesale distributor in the U.S., has acquired HP Products Corporation (HP Products). HP Products

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Impact Products is acquired by S.P Richards

S. P. Richards Company, the Company’s Office Products Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Impact Products, LLC (“Impact”). Consummation of the transaction is expected on July 1, 2014.   Impact Products is a leading value-added provider of facility, janitorial and safety supplies serving North America. The Company expects the acquired business to generate approximately $85 million in annual revenues.

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xpedx and Unisource merge

xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE: IP) and Unisource Worldwide, Inc., today announced that they have chosen the name Veritiv for the leading distribution solutions company that will be created upon completion of their merger. The name Veritiv comes from the roots of three words: “verity”, meaning true, and “active” and “connective”.

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GoJo acquires Laboratoires Prodene Klint

GOJO Industries announced today the acquisition of Laboratoires Prodene Klint.  The two companies are joining forces to advance a shared vision of global leadership.  Based in France, Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetics and disinfectant products.

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Bunzl acquires Wesclean in Canada

Bunzl plc, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, today announces that it has acquired Wesclean Equipment & Cleaning Supplies Ltd in Canada.  Wesclean operates from 13 locations throughout Western Canada.

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Blackstone acquires GCA Services

GCA Services Group, Inc. and Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced a definitive agreement under which a fund managed by Blackstone on behalf of its private equity investors, Blackstone Capital Partners V, L.P. (collectively with its affiliates, “Blackstone”), will acquire GCA Services Group, a leading facility services company in the U.S., from Nautic Partners, L.L.C. and other minority shareholders.

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GS Capital acquires Interline/AMSAN

Interline Brands, a distributor of repair products for professional contractors, agreed on Tuesday to sell itself to the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs and P2 Capital Partners for about $1.1 billion, including debt.

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AMAZON Supply launches facility supplies online

In an announcement that is sure to gain the attention of industrial distributors doing business online, Internet powerhouse announced the release of a Beta Web site called AmazonSupply.

The new Web site is dedicated to offering a broad selection of parts and supplies to business, industrial, scientific and commercial customers at competitive prices.

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Diversey is acquired by Sealed Air

Sealed Air Corporation (“Sealed Air”) (NYSE: SEE) and Diversey Holdings, Inc. (“Diversey”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sealed Air will acquire Diversey, a leading solutions provider to the global cleaning and sanitization market, in a transaction valued at $4.3 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in 2011 and is expected to be accretive to earnings in the first full year following completion.

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