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January 17 2017, David R Brown

Azelis expands in the US Personal Care market with the acquisition of Ross Organic

Azelis Americas, part of the Azelis Group, has announced the acquisition of Ross Organic, a specialty distributor to the personal care and home care markets located in Santa Fe, California, USA. The deal increases Azelis Americas presence in these specialty markets in the Western U.S. states and builds on the Dewolf acquistion in 2014. The Ross Organic corporate brand is being retained, along with all the company's employees.

One of the pillars of our Personal Care strategy has been to focus on increasing our footprint in the US

Frank Bergonzi
CEO and President of Azelis Americas

Ross Organic was formed in 1987 and supplies a wide range of specialty ingredients from its NACD approved 40,000 sq. ft. facility in the Los Angeles, CA (Santa Fe Springs) area. The company also has an R&D laboratory at the same location to assist customers with product and formulation development.

Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of Azelis Americas states: “One of the pillars of our Personal Care strategy has been to focus on increasing our footprint in the US in the personal care space. The DeWolf acquisition in early 2014 has been a resounding success, and we feel similarly positive about the addition of Ross Organic. They are a proven leader in the sales and marketing of specialty products and have the technical resources and lab facilities to be successful, which are also key elements to our value proposition.” Mr. Bergonzi concludes: “This acquisition affords us the extended reach and history of sustainable organic growth in a strategically important market segment.”

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we join Azelis Americas, the leading specialty chemical distributor in North America. We are confident that this move will further strengthen Ross Organic’s customer and supplier capabilities, as well as ensure we remain the preeminent personal care distributor in the Western US,” says Stephanie Ross Leshney, co-owner and President of Ross Organic. “Becoming part of Azelis is a huge step for the Ross family as we and our employees will celebrate our 30th year in business in 2017. We look forward to celebrating this milestone, and many more, with our new partners and the Azelis family,” she concludes.

About Azelis
Azelis is a leading global specialty chemicals distributor providing a wide range of products and services to over 20,000 customers in the personal care, pharma, food and health, animal nutrition, homecare and industrial cleaning, coatings, lubricants and metal working fluids, rubber & plastic additives and chemicals industries. Azelis has a turnover of around €1.5 billion and employs around 1,500 people located in more than 45 facilities in 40 countries across across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Source(s): Azelis Press Release

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