UNX Industries and Christeyns USA Sign Merger Agreement
UNX Industries and Christeyns USA announced they are entering into a definitive merger agreement to create UNX-Christeyns, according to a news release.
This alliance combines global-innovation and supply-chain capabilities, with UNX’s domestic manufacturing and distribution platform. The agreement also means the companies will combine their booth space (No. 4128) and discuss future plans with customers at the upcoming Clean Show, July 30-Aug. 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
With the arrangement beginning July 1, company headquarters will be located in Greenville, NC. Josh Lilley of UNX will serve as CEO and Christeyns’ Rudi Moors becomes the company’s president. Sales and service staffs, as well as their distributor networks throughout the country, will remain in place.
“We have embraced family values for over 60 years in our business, and now another like-minded family-oriented business with a global reach has joined us,” Lilley said. “This agreement makes us a stronger, more flexible organization that is laser focused on expanding our presence in the U.S.”
Moors added that, “This is a true 50-50 partnership, and both companies have compatible values and a shared passion for serving our customers. Current and future customers will benefit from a wider selection of products and wash concepts, enhanced service, and the chemical innovation and R&D capabilities we have to offer.”
UNX was founded in 1958 and earned a reputation for providing companies with superior, commercial grade cleaning products for their laundry, houskeeping and warewash needs. A trusted supplier to a variety of industries including industrial laundries, education, healthcare, food service, hospitality and athletics, their equipment also sets them apart from competitors and helps customers increase their efficiencies and extend linen life, the release noted.
“We strive to bring added value to our customers, and this merger gives us the ability to provide better buying power and new product concepts to make them more efficient operators,” Lilley said. “Christeyns has 46 offices, 17 manufacturing facilities and nine R&D centers around the world. When you add in the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain strengths UNX has built domestically, these are strong attributes that will benefit our customers.”
Christeyns USA was a division of Christeyns, the $300 million family-owned and operated Belgian manufacturer of cleaning, hygiene and disinfection products for laundries, the food industry, cleaning companies and the medical sector serving customers in more than 50 countries.
“We intend to be one of the top three chemical providers in the textile-care sector,” Moors said. “As a family owned company, UNX developed very close relationships with their customers that was integral in building their business. When you add in the full complement of resources from an internationally respected company, UNX-Christeyns represents the best of both worlds. We have our customers’ best interests in mind, and our combined resources and experience will benefit them across the board.”
Learn more about the newly formed company by calling 800.869.6171 for more information or visit www.unx-christeyns.com.