Published Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Bonnell acquires Indiana, Michigan facilities

From STAFF REPORTS

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Longtime Newnan industry William L. Bonnell Co., which has its plant off Temple Avenue, has acquired another leading manufacturer of aluminum extrusions.

Bonnell parent company, the Richmond, Va.-based Tredegar Corporation, announced Monday that its subsidiary, The William L. Bonnell Company Inc., has acquired 100 percent ownership of AACOA Inc., a leading manufacturer of aluminum extrusions in North America.

The approximate purchase price of $50.8 million was funded using financing under Tredegar’s existing $350 million credit facility. Tredegar expects the acquisition to be accretive in the first year following the acquisition.

The acquisition will add fabrication capabilities to Bonnell’s current array of products and services while providing AACOA with large press capabilities and enhanced geographic sales coverage in a variety of end-use markets, according to a press release from Tredegar.

AACOA is a premier Midwestern manufacturer of aluminum extrusions with a full range of value-added capabilities and a reputation for outstanding product quality and customer service, according to Tredegar officials. Originally established as an anodizing company, AACOA is widely regarded as an industry leader in the anodizing process with exceptional manufacturing expertise in this area. Its primary markets include consumer durables, machinery and equipment, and transportation. The company, with approximately 500 employees, is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, and operates production facilities in Elkhartand Niles, Michigan.

Commenting on the acquisition, Duncan Crowdis, president of Bonnell Aluminum, said, “We have been actively searching for an acquisition that meets our stated goals for expanding into markets outside of building and construction. In AACOA, we found a top-quality manufacturer that will help us move toward our strategic objectives for both growth and diversification. By leveraging our combined capabilities in extruding, anodizing, and fabrication, we will be able to offer high-quality products and services to a large base of customers.”

Nancy Taylor, president and CEO of Tredegar Corporation, added, “The acquisition, our second in a year, demonstrates Tredegar’s commitment to our strategy of growth and market diversification within the manufacturing sector. I firmly believe that the combination of Bonnell Aluminum and AACOA strengthens even further the capabilities of both and will bring value to our customers.”

Dan Formsma, president of AACOA, stated, “We are thrilled to join forces with Bonnell Aluminum, a market leader in the aluminum extrusions industry. Our customers will benefit from Bonnell Aluminum’s broad footprint and array of products and services. The strong strategic fit extends to our similar customer-centric cultures and values, and this move provides an excellent platform for us to grow the business together.”

Tredegar Corporation is primarily a manufacturer of plastic films and aluminum extrusions. A global company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tredegar had 2011 sales of $798 million. With approximately 2,000 employees, the company operates manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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