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The overall theme for December M&A activity affecting distribution channels was getting bolt-on deals done before the end of the year. An interesting story impacting many industrial distributors who sell welding/PPE was SureWerx’s acquisition of the Jackson Safety® and WILSON® brands from Kimberly-Clark Professional. The move is part of a global restructuring plan KCP announced a year ago to focus its global safety and scientific businesses on its core PPE categories, including gloves, apparel and eyewear.
It’s a continued platform growth story for SureWerx, a Canadian company that has expanded into the U.S. and sells through distributors servicing the industrial, construction, safety and automotive aftermarket in North America.
Also of note to industrial channels is the announced acquisition, scheduled to complete at the end of this month, of N.H. Bragg by Horizon Solutions. Bragg has been a legacy Maine-based industrial distributor; Horizon has been a long-term regional consolidator in New England across electrical, industrial and safety categories. Both companies are known for their value -added cultures and strong customer relationships.
Here’s a recap of all the deals in December as reported by MDM.
- Singer Equities Acquires Connectall Ltd.
- Horizon Solutions to Acquire N.H. Bragg
- Connexion Agrees to Purchase Van Meter’s Chicago Location
- Endries International Acquired by MSD Partners, L.P.
- U.S. LBM Holdings Acquires Deering Lumber
- Avnet Acquires Softweb Solutions
- Ferguson Acquires Blackman Plumbing Supply
- Staples, Essendant Extend Merger Terms
- United Rentals Canada Completes WesternOne Acquisition
- SureWerx Acquires Jackson Safety and Wilson Brands From KCP
- Regal Beloit to Sell Business Segment
- Emerson Acquires Advanced Engineering Valves
- Gardner Denver Acquires MP Pumps
- 3M to Acquire M*Modal’s Technology Business
- SKF Completes Previously Announced Divestment of L&AT Business
- Alfa Laval Agrees to Divest the Majority of its Greenhouse Division
- Allied Motion Acquires TCI, LLC
- Symbia Logistics Completes Three Acquisitions