Ficodis expands Ontario presence acquiring Mackenzie Milne
July 14, 2020
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Ficodis Group announces its expansion into the Ontario market with the acquisition of Mackenzie Milne, a Sarnia-based supplier of industrial and safety supplies.
“We are delighted to welcome Mackenzie Milne to the Ficodis family, said Christophe Bévillard, president of Ficodis Group. “Mackenzie Milne is a company with an incredible history and rich and diverse expertise in specialized safety and environmental products. The relationships they have built over the years will be an even greater asset to our company. This acquisition reinforces our commitment and desire to grow in the Ontario market while focusing on key areas to improve our sales force, efficiency and field presence.”
This is the 16th strategic acquisition for Ficodis since its founding in 2010, including the acquisition of Bluepoint Tool & Supply in Long-Island, New York, and Reliable Bearing in Mississauga, Ont., in 2019, allowing the company to add complementary expertise to its product offering while consolidating its presence in the Canadian province.
“Mackenzie Milne is known in our community for doing business in a very personal way. It was important that we team up with a company that understood our values as a small, family business, said Greg Primmer, president at Mackenzie Milne. “Ficodis gave me the deep impression that they mirrored the same values and saw this as an asset to their company.”
Mackenzie Milne offers niche product lines such as asbestos removal and abatement supplies, truck work boxes and bags, and custom work clothing.
Beyond the usual industrial equipment, Mackenzie Milne specializes in the sale of personal and individual equipment (sanitary products, disposable gloves, masks). Demand for these products has risen sharply in recent months.
The acquisition process of Mackenzie Milne was already under negotiation before the COVID-19 pandemic, but its formalization will allow Ficodis to enhance its offer.