- Written by Staff
AUGATUCK, Conn. — Mr. Albert Goudkuil recently announced that Goudkuil Laundry Machinery from Apeldoorn, Holland has acquired all of the assets and business operations of Lavatec, Inc. in Naugatuck, CT.
Mr. Goudkuil will be the President of the company. As a result of this sale, Lavatec, Inc. emerges from bankruptcy.
“The group will continue doing business with the same name and out of the same facilities that Lavatec, Inc. has operated from during the past 24 years,” said Mr. Goudkuil.
Key Lavatec employees that have serviced and sold Lavatec equipment and parts in the past will remain with the new Dutch employers. In addition, a full staff of past employees including parts and service technicians familiar with the Lavatec line of equipment will also remain.
The Goudkuil group has been in the laundry industry for 99 years, manufacturing and re-manufacturing laundry equipment for worldwide distribution. With their longevity and experience in this industry, they provide a substantial capital structure as well as a new approach to the American market.
Lavatec, Inc. has over 42,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space as well as 17,000 square feet of office space and parts storage in the Connecticut facility. They have over 2 million dollars in parts inventory ready to be shipped overnight. An experienced trouble shooting department and service technicians capable of supporting Lavatec equipment will continue as they have for these past 24 years.
In celebrating the new acquisition, the Lavatec, Inc. parts department is extending a special 5% discount on parts ordered until October 31, 2011 through their parts department.
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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.
“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”
“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”
Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.
“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”