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Pacific Coast Chemicals Sells to
Ravago Chemical

San Francisco, CA December 1st, 2016 – Pacific Coast Chemicals (“PCC”), a premier specialty chemical distributor, announced the sale of the company to Ravago Chemical, a subsidiary of Ravago Holdings America. 

“It is exciting to have found a great company that will allow the legacy of PCC to continue for decades to come. Ravago offers our customers and employees a great opportunity to build upon the foundation my father started and that we have grown over the past 50 years. This is an exciting new chapter for our employees, customers and suppliers we serve.” said, Dominic Stull, CEO of Pacific Coast Chemicals.

“We are excited to announce the addition of PCC as part of our family and a key component to our NA Specialty Chemical Distribution Platform. PCC offers us a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with suppliers we have in common and foster new supplier relationships as well. PCC brings diversity in the markets we serve due to their strength in Food, Beverage, Personal Care and CASE. I look forward to working with Dominic Stull, whom I have known for over 30 years, and Craig Frial, PCC’s former President, who will be leading the West Coast Region.” said Lori Hilson Cioromski, GM & VP of Chemicals.

“The mission of Ravago Chemical is to have a ‘global presence with a local feel’. In March, we acquired the TH Hilson Company to build our North American Distribution platform and are pleased to announce the addition of Pacific Coast Chemicals for the West Coast Region. We continue to focus our efforts on cultural fit and industry expertise by providing resources to build a world class North American Specialty Distributor Network.” said Jim Duffy, President and CEO of Ravago Americas.

Consumer Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to Pacific Coast Chemicals in the transaction.

Pacific Coast Chemicals was founded in 1969, when Aaron, Don and Patricia Stull, opened a small firm, in Berkeley, California, that mainly sold chemical raw materials to the CASE, ink, and plastics industry. Through dedication, imagination and hard work the company gradually began selling in 11 states west of the Rocky Mountains attracting major national and international chemical companies as principals. Pacific Coast Chemicals has continued growing into other markets and expanding their product portfolio into Food, Nutrition and Beverage, Wine & Beer, HI&I/Compounding, Cosmetic and Personal Care, Water Treatment, Environmental and Waste Treatment, Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Rubber, Building Materials, and Oil and Gas.

Ravago continues growth strategy with TH Hilson, Campi y Jove

By Frank Esposito, May 16, 2016

Plastics materials giant Ravago SA has been growing its presence in specialty chemicals distribution, including numerous plastics-related products.

Plastics materials giant Ravago SA has been growing its presence in specialty chemicals distribution, including numerous plastics-related products.

In March, Ravago — based in Arendonk, Belgium — acquired TH Hilson Co., a specialty chemicals distributor in Wheaton, Ill. No purchase price was disclosed. Products distributed by Hilson include acrylics, polyurethane dispersions, epoxies, silicones, pigments, liquid colorants and a wide range of plastics additives.

The sale included brand identity and employee retention, as well as trade names, supplier and customer lists, and all other information, systems, and equipment required to operate the business, officials said in a news release. The business will continue to operate under its own name.

“The mission of Ravago Chemical is to have a global presence with a local feel,” Ravago Americas president and CEO Jim Duffy said in the release. “We looked at a variety of companies to become our North American platform to build on. We focused our efforts on cultural fit and were seeking a leader with the same goals and industry expertise.

“We wanted all the talent to build upon and leave the company with its trade names and brand,” he added. “This is what we found in TH Hilson. The numbers can add up, but if the people don’t add up, it won’t work.”

Hilson president and CEO Lori Hilson Cioromski — daughter of company founder Terry Hilson — now will become vice president and general manager of the unit.

“Ravago chose the TH Hilson Co. to help them build a world-class chemical distribution business across North America,” she said in the release. “It is so exciting to have a partner who embraces our culture and believes in what we can accomplish together. There is so much power behind this relationship — unprecedented in the industry.”

Also in March, Ravago became full owner of chemicals distributor Campi y Jove of Barcelona. That firm’s products include PU resins and composites and plastics additives. Ravago previously had owned half of Campi y Jove in a partnership with Dutch additives and ingredients supplier Barentz Europe NV.

Ravago has bought four other European specialty chemical distributors since 2013, including Chemres of Werndorf, Austria, and Innovia of Fordham, England. Innovia’s products include PU resins, acrylics and emulsion polymers.

“In addition to the progressive and solid growth of our plastics business, we think that a chemical distribution and blending business is the natural evolution for the Ravago Group,” Ravago SA CEO Theo Roussis said in a news release. “I can proudly say that we are a service-oriented organization, with dedicated teams of chemical experts. We maintain a commercially entrepreneurial approach with the flexibility to tailor our practices to the needs of our strategic supplier base.”

Ravago employs 5,000 worldwide, distributing almost 9 billion pounds of resins and compounds to 40,000 customers. The firm also operates 30 manufacturing sites for recycling and compounding, as well as production of expanded polystyrene resin and finished products for the building and construction market.

Ravago’s North American operations — based in Orlando, Fla. — include resin distributors H. Muehlstein and Amco Polymers, as well as compounder Entec Polymers.


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