George Koch Sons, LLC Acquires Walgren Co.

Walgren will join Price-Koch Industries as a division of George Koch Sons.

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George Koch Sons, LLC (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. The systems are used to automate material flow during surface treatments such as plating, cleaning or chemical processing of manufactured parts. Walgren will continue to serve its growing customer base from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Dongguan, China.

“The addition of Walgren is another opportunity to increase service to our customers with the best integrated solutions,” George Koch Sons President Chris Brack says. Our combined systems play a critical role in providing industry leading manufacturers the solutions necessary to remain competitive by reducing factory costs through automation, material optimization and efficient labor allocation. The addition of the Walgren team, in particular 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 world-class manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, and we look forward to adding the expertise of the Walgren team to our operations.”

“The opportunity to team up with an organization like George Koch Sons will allow us to better serve our customers,” Craig Stevens, president of Walgren, says. “Our customers’ needs have become greater and more complex and they often look for one key partner when making significant system investments. We are confident that together with the George Koch Sons, we can better provide the breadth of systems to assist manufacturers in managing their complex production programs.”