Making the Planet Cleaner, Safer, and More Productive
In 1937, three entrepreneurs, Mandle Zaban, William Eplan, and Saul Powell founded Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķwith a vision of creating value for customers by offering a comprehensive selection of top quality industrial and janitorial cleaning products, delivered with unique chemistry formulations, superior service, and unmatched technical support.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķwas acquired by National Linen Service Inc. and later became a subsidiary of National Service Industries Inc. (‚ÄúNSI‚ÄĚ), a diversified industrial and service conglomerate.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķacquired Selig Chemical Industries, a move that helped to expand the company‚Äôs chemical portfolio. Selig had built its reputation as the ‚ÄúSolutions People,‚ÄĚ providing tailored cleaning products and programs to the industrial and institutional markets.
The next several decades ushered in an era of domestic and international expansion for Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķas the company grew organically and through acquisition.
Zep, as a part of NSI, acquired Enforcer Products, Inc., a maker of home and garden products such as insecticides, herbicides, plumbing and cleaning solutions. As a result of the Enforcer acquisition, Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķexpanded its presence in the retail channel with the development of the Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆ĶCommercial product line.
Zep, along with NSI‚Äôs lighting equipment business, were spun off from National Service Industries into a newly formed entity Acuity Brands, Inc.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķemerged as an independent, publicly traded company under the name Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆ĶInc. As an independent company once again, Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķinvested in growing the business and acquired world-class brands such as Black Magic¬ģ, Blue Coral¬ģ, Country Vet¬ģ, De.Solv.It¬ģ, Enforcer¬ģ, Misty¬ģ, Mykal‚ĄĘ, Niagara‚ĄĘ, Original Bike Spirits¬ģ, Rexodan, Rain-X¬ģ, TimeMist¬ģ.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķcompleted two strategic acquisitions to significantly expand its distribution capabilities across the United States. The first acquisition was Amrep Inc., a national provider of janitorial and sanitation solutions. The second acquisition is Waterbury Companies Inc., a leading provider of chemicals, janitorial supplies, and equipment to the food service industry.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆ĶInc. became a private company and now has significant financial and strategic resources to support future growth initiatives which include expansion in existing markets, development of new products, new market opportunities and acquisitions.
In 2017, Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķentered into an agreement to purchase AFCO, a leading specialty chemical and food safety provider serving the food and beverage processing industry. This combination brought together highly complementary portfolios and organizations and enabled both companies to expand service offerings and expertise to their food & beverage processing customers and the broader markets served by the company.
Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķintroduces the Home Pro portfolio of products, expanding
its presence to grocery and mass retailers, including dollar and club channels. Home Pro safely combines premium scents and the cleaning results of Ō„Ĺ∂ ”∆Ķacross a complete suite of products for the home.¬†