2019 was a year of change for GracoRoberts. In May, it was announced that Graco Supply Company acquired E.V. Roberts, combining 140 years of expertise to become the largest and most technically-focused specialty chemicals distributor to serve the North American aerospace market.
Immediate customer and supplier value followed in the form of a more expansive product line and distribution locations, complemented by a highly skilled technical staff. The new partnership offered more distribution, formulation, and packaging capabilities of adhesives, sealants, surface treatments, paints, coatings, composite materials, shop consumables, and more. By the end of the year, GracoRoberts had distributed nearly 300 unique brands to advanced manufacturing industries across the globe. The presence of 5 nationwide site locations allowed customers and suppliers faster and greater access to products and services they require to succeed.
As part of the integration process, Graco Supply Company and E.V. Roberts embarked on a joint rebranding journey in the summer of 2019. The company surveyed all stakeholders to gauge awareness and perception of both organizations, in order to determine a new name. The survey also gauged stakeholder satisfaction in both entities’ products and services – revealing that customers value and desire responsive customer service most. GracoRoberts was formed, and delivered on that need. On September 23, GracoRoberts’ new brand identity was debuted at CAMX 2019, with the slogan we live and breathe: “Superior Engineered Chemicals. Impeccable Support.”
The acquisition also fueled growth and investment in Resin Formulators, our in-house custom formulated line of epoxy resins. The most popular product continues to be Resin Formulators’ RF 5407, an easy-to-use, aluminum oxide, liquid epoxy resin with excellent electrical insulation properties, high thermal conductivity, and the ability to cure with nearly any hardener to produce a wide range of properties and cure cycles. Resin Formulators produced over 20,000 gallons in 2019 – enough to fill a large swimming pool or paint 10,000 average-sized homes!
As a private equity funded company, GracoRoberts is in the process of expanding Resin Formulators into its own 15,000 square foot warehouse with 2,500 square feet of cold room/freezer storage for all stocking needs, and a 900 square foot innovation lab. This expansion is coupled with a dedicated resident Chemist and specialty packaging capabilities. We look forward to providing more innovative solutions and solving even more complex manufacturing challenges for customers and suppliers in 2020.
As GracoRoberts continues with our integration journey, we know that our culture, capabilities, and personalized service can and will fulfill your specialty chemical needs. We genuinely value our customer and supplier relationships, and invite your feedback at any time. Please let us know what we can do to make your job even a little easier – because that’s our job.
Best wishes for continued success in 2020!