Lansing-based Neogen Acquires Chemical Company in England

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Neogen Corp., a Lansing-based developer of food and animal safety products, has acquired Quat-Chem Ltd., a Rochdale, England-based chemical company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Quat-Chem manufactures a full line of complete disinfectant and cleaner products for dairy hygiene and poultry and swine biosecurity applications.

With annual revenue of $12 million, the company sells its products on a global basis, with a focus on the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, including a particular focus on China.

“Quat-Chem’s broad line of products, chemical manufacturing facilities, personnel, and existing business made the company an attractive acquisition opportunity for us,” says Jason Lilly, Neogen’s vice president of corporate development.

Officials with Quat-Chem say its development activities and manufacturing capabilities in Europe are complementary to Neogen’s expanding biosecurity business.

A 20-year-old private company, Quat-Chem is headquartered in an accredited, recently expanded facility near Manchester, and its operations will be managed by Neogen’s Scotland-based Neogen Europe subsidiary.

Neogen’s acquisition of Quat-Chem is the latest in its strategy of expanding the company’s biosecurity business, which began in 2003 with its acquisition of rodenticides, cleaners, and disinfectants from ConAgra. The expansion continued with Neogen’s 2008 acquisition of DuPont’s biosecurity product line, the 2014 acquisition of Chem-Tech, and 2016 acquisitions of Preserve International and Virbac’s rodenticides.

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