George Koch Sons Acquires Finishing Systems Maker Walgren Co.

Koch president Chris Brack said the Walgren systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments.

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George Koch Sons (Evansville, Indiana) has acquired Walgren Co., 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.

Koch president Chris Brack said the Walgren systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts. He said Walgren will continue to serve its growing customer base from Grand Rapids and Dongguan, China.

“The addition of Walgren is another opportunity to increase service to our customers with the best integrated solutions,” Brack said. “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 new manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, and Brack said he is looking forward to adding the expertise of the Walgren team to their operations.”

Established in 1873, Koch is a privately owned corporation that provides turnkey solutions worldwide for coating systems, environmental, acoustical, thermal and automated material handling applications. They also have operations based in Queretaro, Mexico and Lichfield, England.

Originally published in the August 2015 issue.