GIRBAU Acquires the Controlling Interest of Jean Michel to Strengthen Product Offerings in Global Markets
- Created on Tuesday, 02 October 2001 14:20
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OSHKOSH, WI -- Girbau, S.A. acquired the controlling interest of Jean Michel, an industrial finishing equipment manufacturer located in Aix Les Bains, France. The acquisition will expand Girbau’s product line offering and strengthen the company’s position in the global commercial laundry market.
Jean Michel specializes in manufacturing linen handling equipment that is designed specifically for industrial laundries such as linen sorting systems, folders/cross folders, spreader feeders, stackers, rail systems and other linen handling systems.
“Meeting the needs of our customers is our number one priority,” said Pere Girbau, president and CEO of Girbau S.A.
“Jean Michel is known throughout the world for its high quality equipment and superior knowledge in manufacturing industrial linen handling equipment. The products are a perfect complement to our Girbau washer-extractors, drying tumblers, tunnel washing systems and ironers.”
Girbau S.A. is based in VIC (Barcelona), Spain and has produced commercial/industrial laundry equipment for over 29 years. Girbau S.A. has a dedicated presence in more than 71 countries with nine company-owned subsidiaries including Continental Girbau, Inc. based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.
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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor
BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.
“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.
In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”