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PRICEWalgren, A DIVISION OF GEORGE KOCH SONS, LLC

PriceWalgren logo - ADVERTISING - Version 1EVANSVILLE, IN June 2016  George Koch Sons, LLC is pleased to announce that Price-Koch Industries and Walgren Company are now PRICEWalgren, a division of George Koch Sons.  The new division recently completed its move into our new 84,000 square foot facility at 5041 68th Street SE, Caledonia, MI.  The new location accommodates team members from both former companies in a single, modern facility, designed for lean flow, which will result in improved service to our customers.

Together, the KOCH and PRICEWalgren team plays a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through system reliability, automation, material optimization, energy efficiency and efficient labor utilization.  Our combined team provides an extensive portfolio of  more than 230 years of experience providing turnkey coating systems in all major technologies, on all major substrates to the automotive, aerospace, appliance, construction and agriculture, military, and general manufacturing industries around the world.


GEORGE KOCH SONS, LLC ACQUIRES WALGREN COMPANY

walgren_logoEVANSVILLE, IN June 2015  George Koch Sons, LLC has acquired Walgren Company, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company with more than 60 years of experience providing turnkey anodizing and plating systems to the aerospace, military, industrial, and automotive industries around the world. The systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts.  Walgren will become part of George Koch Sons and will continue to serve its growing customer base from Grand Rapids, MI, and Dongguan, China.  Walgren will join Price-Koch Industries as divisions of George Koch Sons.

“The addition of Walgren is another opportunity to increase service to our customers with the best integrated solutions.  Our combined systems play a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through automation, material optimization and efficient labor allocation,” said Chris Brack, George Koch Sons’ President. “The addition of the Walgren team, in particular their domain expertise in anodizing lines, deepens our solution offering as we continue to invest in capabilities in finishing systems.  Construction is currently underway on a world-class manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, and we look forward to adding the expertise of the Walgren team to our operations.”

“The opportunity to team up with an organization like George Koch Sons will allow us to better serve our customers.  Our customer’s needs have become greater and more complex and they often look for one key partner when making significant system investments.” said Craig Stevens, Walgren President. “We are confident that together with the George Koch Sons, we can better provide the breadth of systems to assist manufacturers in managing their complex production programs.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close at the end of the month.  John Hennessey of NextGen Capital Markets acted as financial advisor for Koch.  For any questions, please contact David Carl of George Koch Sons.  Learn more about Walgren and George Koch Sons at www.walgren.com and www.kochllc.com.


NEW GEORGE KOCH SONS WASTEWATER TREATMENT CONCEPT BRINGS OPERATIONAL AND COST BENEFITS TO THE FINISHING INDUSTRY

George Koch - Koch Rejuvenator

EVANSVILLE, IN March 2015  A proven solution to issues connected with chemical usage and associated waste treatment, which will be recognized across the metal finishing and treatment industry, is now available in the United States (USA) and United Kingdom (UK).  George Koch Sons, LLC has introduced the Koch Rejuvenator – a stand-alone system that can link to new or existing processing lines to optimize cleaning chemical costs, reduce waste disposal expenditure and enhance production quality.

“The Koch Rejuvenator, which effectively cleans the cleaning solution, removes over 99% of oil and dirt from the cleaning stage and returns up to 97% of the solution back to the system for re-use,” says Sam Woehler, Vice President of Sales for George Koch Sons, LLC.  “It captures both floating and emulsified oils while reducing chemical costs by minimizing the need for chemical dosing.”

The skid-mounted Koch Rejuvenator is simply located alongside and connected to the cleaner process tank.  It utilizes a ceramic membrane and highly efficient, ultra-filtration technology to remove waste materials from the wash water before returning it to the process.  Because it maintains an extremely high quality level of wash solution, it benefits both production efficiency and effectiveness, helping the component or parts cleaning operation to be optimized.

“Since the rejuvenator continuously cleans the cleaner bath, the cleaning process is much more consistent, parts emerge cleaner, and tank dumps are greatly reduced,” adds Sam Woehler.  “Also, because the focus is on recovery and re-use at the source, early in the process, in many instances waste treatment at the end of the process is reduced.”

Payback can be achieved in less than three years with savings also arising from the need for only minimal maintenance and cleaning, and the fact that that waste oil can also present an opportunity for onward selling.

“This is a significant step in an important area of the metal treatment and finishing sector and one that has already been proven in typical installations in America,” comments Tom Neeley, Product Manager at George Koch’s global headquarters in Indiana.


GEORGE KOCH SONS, LLC EXHIBITING AT THE 2015 POWDER COATING SHOW

LOUISVILLE, KY November 2014  George Koch Sons, LLC will be one of the many exhibitors at next year’s Powder Coating Show being held in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky International Convention Center May 6-7, 2015.  KOCH has been an early pioneer in the development of powder coating systems, with more than 300 installations in nearly 40 countries, with experience in a wide range of industries, such as: appliances, lighting fixtures, metal furniture, automotive components, water heaters, shelving, racking, displays, and air conditioning.  KOCH’s highly experienced team of professionals provide full-service, turnkey system support with expertise in all process stages from pretreatment through final cure, integrating the powder application equipment and booths of your choice, best suited for your application.

For more information about the Powder Coating Show 2015, visit www.powdercoatingshow.com


GEORGE KOCH SONS, LLC EXHIBITING AT FABTECH 2014

ATLANTA, GA  George Koch Sons, LLC will be exhibiting at the 2014 FABTECH Expo held in Atlanta, GA November 11-13, 2014.  As an exhibitor, they will showcase the KOCH Rejuvenator Cleaner Ultra Filter, which is designed to continuously clean your cleaner bath up to TWICE as often as your current tank dumping operation for under 25% the operating cost.  A side stream of cleaner solution with typical oil contamination at 0.5-1% is pumped from the surface preparation washer cleaner tank and added to the concentrate tank. The solution is pumped through a ceramic membrane with the dirty solution returning to the concentration tank and the cleaned solution passing through the membrane returning to the cleaner tank with up to 99.8% of the oil and dirt removed for consistent bath quality.  When the oil and other suspended matter reach a predetermined concentration, the dirty solution is further concentrated to 30-40%. The concentrate is then pumped to waste treatment or a waste container for offsite waste treatment.


GEORGE KOCH SONS, LLC ACQUIRING PRICE INDUSTRIES, INC.

EVANSVILLE, IN  George Koch Sons, LLC a subsidiary of Koch Enterprises, Inc. today announced it will acquire Price Industries, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company with more than 30 years experience providing material handling systems to the aerospace, automotive, industrial, military and agriculture industries around the world. The systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts. Price Industries will become part of George Koch Sons and will continue to serve its growing customer base from its existing Grand Rapids, MI facilities.

“We look forward to leveraging our combined years of experience in finishing systems to provide our customers with the best integrated solutions. Our combined systems play a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through automation, material optimization and efficient labor allocation,” said Chris Brack, George Koch Sons’ President. “The combination was a natural fit as we continue to invest in additional capabilities to enhance our solution offering in finishing systems. The marketplace is demanding more and more capabilities from one turn-key supplier and Price Industries’ capabilities will augment our core offering and ultimately provide our customers access to the market’s broadest suite of solutions.”

“We share a customer-first philosophy with George Koch Sons and are pleased to become a part of the company to best serve our customers,” said Robert Price, Price Industries President. “We are confident that together, we can provide even better solutions to assist manufacturers in managing their complex production programs.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close at the end of the month. The transaction is being handled by George Koch Sons’ in-house team. Price Industries is represented by John Hennessey of Stafford Partners.