Transcontinental Inc. expands its packaging capabilities in the lidding and labels markets with the acquisition of H.S. Crocker Co., Inc.
Montréal, November 2, 2021 – Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announced today that it has acquired H.S. Crocker Co., Inc., a manufacturer of die cut lids for the food industry and labels for the pharmaceutical industry. Primarily serving North American customers, with approximately 150 employees, H.S. Crocker operates two facilities, in Huntley, Illinois, and Exton, Pennsylvania. For the 12 months ending July 31, 2021, H.S. Crocker’s consolidated sales were around US$50 million.
“H.S. Crocker is a die cut lidding leader in North America, serving markets that are highly strategic for us,” said Thomas Morin, President of TC Transcontinental Packaging. “The integration of H.S. Crocker’s Huntley facility to our platform will broaden our packaging solutions portfolio, especially in the dairy, coffee lids as well as shelf stable and chilled desserts markets, and provide significant cross-selling opportunities with our respective customers. As for the Exton plant, it will allow us to expand our pharmaceutical and medical expertise in the advanced coatings product offering through the addition of value-added and specialized labels, while increasing our market share in the healthcare industry. We are also planning on leveraging the excess capacity within both H.S. Crocker’s facilities in order to support our organic growth. We wish to extend a warm welcome to all of H.S. Crocker’s talented employees.”
Mr. Ron Giordano, Chairman and CEO of H.S. Crocker since 1998, added: “We are truly proud and excited to join TC Transcontinental, a corporation with a successful 45-years history. We are inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of its executives, their long-term growth vision, and the company’s strong set of values. We are confident that our combined and robust platform will continue to make H.S. Crocker thrive. Our unwavering focus on quality and solid expertise will reinforce TC Transcontinental Packaging’s presence in the lidding and label industries. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of our loyal H.S. Crocker employees for their dedication and hard work over the years.”
This is TC Transcontinental’s ninth flexible packaging acquisition since entering the industry in 2014. TC Transcontinental Packaging is a leader in flexible packaging and advanced coatings with operations mostly in the United States, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and China with about 3,900 employees. Its platform is now comprised of one premedia studio and 28 production plants specializing in recycling, extrusion, lamination, printing, coating and converting.
About TC Transcontinental
TC Transcontinental is a leader in flexible packaging in North America, and Canada’s largest printer. The Corporation is also the leading Canadian French-language educational publishing group. For over 45 years, TC Transcontinental's mission has been to create quality products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers.
Respect, teamwork, performance and innovation are the strong values held by the Corporation and its employees. TC Transcontinental's commitment to its stakeholders is to pursue its business activities in a responsible manner. Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has close to 8,000 employees, the majority of which are based in Canada, the United States and Latin America. TC Transcontinental had revenues of approximately C$2.6 billion for the fiscal year ended October 25, 2020. For more information, visit TC Transcontinental's website at www.tc.tc.
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