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Armchem International Continues Expansion With the Acquisition of Handi-Clean Products

Leading Distributor Now Adds Manufacturing Capabilities and Increases

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s Armchem
International, a leading business-to-business provider of specialty
industrial and maintenance products to over 25,000 customers worldwide
today announced that it has acquired the Greensboro-based Handi-Clean
Products, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products
and equipment.

“The acquisition of Handi-Clean allows Armchem to expand in many
exciting ways, said Armchem CEO Andrew Brahms.  “For the first time in
our 30-year history, we will now have manufacturing capabilities.
This allows us to provide our customers with additional product
offerings in both the Armchem and Handi-Clean lines and deliver very
competitive pricing,” said Brahms.

The deal also enables Armchem to grow their market share in key
regions, including North and South Carolina, home to many of
Handi-Clean’s largest accounts.  Brahms will focus his efforts on
account building and product diversification, and current CEO Clark
Bunting will remain involved in the day to day operations of
Handi-Clean, a business that was founded in 1953.

This acquisition is the third step of an expansion plan that began
last year at Armchem, which was actually precipitated by the
recession.  While most companies were cutting back and laying off
employees, Brahms took the opposite approach with an aggressive
business strategy to increase the sales coming from current domestic
clients as well as introduce products to a more international market.
To do so, Brahms created a 5,000 square foot call center, hiring 15
new inside sales people/support staff to compliment the outside sales
that Armchem was built on.   Due to the call centers success, the
company increased their storage space by 4,000 square feet and hired
additional warehouse staff.

About Armchem

Armchem is the leading provider of products that help businesses run
smoother, faster, cleaner, safer and healthier.   From specialty
chemicals to safety products, MRO to mops, floor mats to first aid,
green products to greases and lubricants, Armchem is the source for
anything and everything a company needs.  To learn more about this
Florida-based corporation celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,
visit Armchem.com.  For media inquiries, contact Deborah Straus:
debs@armchem.com or 917/658-6933.

Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »   posted on: 2/27/2013

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