Univar sells specialized packaging business to EMCO, will focus on its core business of chemical distribution

Graziela Medina Shepnick

Graziela Medina Shepnick

Sep 5, 2008 – Univar

COLUMBIA, Ill. , September 5, 2008 (press release) – Univar, a world leader in chemical distribution, today announced that it has sold its Mozel packaging business and facility in Columbia, Ill. to EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc.  

Mozel provides quality, custom packaging and blending of chemical raw materials for the coatings, adhesives, sealants and plastics industries. It became part of the Univar family during the acquisition of Ellis & Everard in 2001.

Univar has integrated Mozel’s distribution business into its industrial chemical business over the past several years. The decision to sell the remaining Mozel packaging business is part of Univar’s strategic decision to focus on its core business of chemical distribution.

EMCO is one of the premier contract blending and packaging providers in the United States. The acquisition allows EMCO to expand geographically and strategically combines two separate facilities with contract blending and packaging services to the same industries. No customer disruption is anticipated during the transition. Mozel will keep its name under the new ownership.

About Univar

Univar is one of the world’s leading independent distributors of industrial chemicals and providers of related specialty services, operating throughout North America and Europe. Univar endeavors to service its customer base, made up of some 250,000 industrial customers, with a full portfolio of products. The majority are commodities that the company buys in bulk, then processes, blends and repacks to meet the diverse requirements of the industries we serve. Others are specialties – purchased pre-packaged and sold on a technical basis, usually under a manufacturer’s own brand. Univar operates a network of approximately 200 distribution centers located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China. In 2007, Univar reported sales of $8.1 billion.

Univar has approximately 7,700 employees based throughout North America, Europe and China.

The company’s registered office is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with administrative support offices in Bellevue, Washington, USA, and Bradford, England, UK. For more information, visit: www.univarcorp.com.

About EMCO

EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc., founded in 1971, has not only been a leading independent regional chemical distributor, but a leading packager and blender of chemical products for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and plastics industries. EMCO operates five divisions; traditional distribution of commodity chemicals, specialty chemical distribution, custom packaging, fine ingredient distribution and waste services which handles disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Both the Custom Packaging and Waste Services Divisions conduct business throughout the United States. The Industrial Chemical, Specialty Chemical, and Fine Ingredients Divisions service customers in the Midwest. EMCO operates two warehouses; its original in North Chicago, Ill. and its most recent warehouse in Minneapolis, Minn. EMCO was ranked #16 in Purchasing Magazine’s 2008 listing of Top Chemical Distributors. The company is based in North Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit www.emcochem.com.

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