Birch Hill-backed Citron Hygiene acquires Alpine Jan-San

Citron Hygiene, formerly known as Cannon Services, has acquired Alpine Jan-San, an Edmonton-based provider of commercial washroom hygiene services. No financial terms were released for the deal, which had an effective close in March. The acquisition comes on the heels of Citron’s purchase of Workplace Essentials last month. Citron, a Toronto provider of washroom hygiene, pest control and life safety solutions, said the latest deal supports its growth plan and will enhance its presence in Alberta. The company was bought a year ago by Canadian private equity firm Birch Hill Equity Partners.


Citron Hygiene Acquires Alpine Jan-San

Acquisition enhances Citron Hygiene’s service offering, presence and scale in Alberta

TORONTO, April 5, 2017 /CNW/ – Citron Hygiene™ a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Foodservice Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services announced today that it has acquired Alpine Jan-San (“Alpine”), effective March 21st, 2017. Alpine is Alberta’s leading provider of commercial washroom hygiene services and serves a broad range of customers including leading retailers, foodservice establishments, commercial, manufacturing and industrial businesses.

Citron Hygiene President and CEO Peter Farrell states, “this acquisition supports our acquisitive corporate growth strategy and will significantly enhance our presence and density in the Alberta market on the heels of our Sani-Service acquisition completed in September 2016, our initial entry into this market. Alpine has long been the dominant washroom hygiene service provider in that market and I am delighted that Alpine’s owners, Ray and Kim Olthof, felt that we were the right buyer for their company.”

Add Ray and Kim Olthof, “we wanted to ensure that we sold to a company that fully understood our business and would look after our employees and loyal customers in keeping with our tradition. Citron Hygiene is that company. As the largest player in our space in Canada, Citron Hygiene has a well-established track record of delivering excellent customer service and fostering a very positive corporate culture. We look forward to working closely with Peter’s team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition process for our customers.”

Citron Hygiene in partnership with President & CEO, Peter Farrell is a Birch Hill Equity Partners (“Birch Hill”) portfolio company. With over $3 billion in capital under management, Birch Hill invests in leading Canadian middle-market businesses. “Acquisitions, similar to Alpine, will continue to play an important role in Citron Hygiene’s strategic plans, complementing organic growth and further enhancing our position as a market leader in commercial hygiene,” says Farrell.

About Citron Hygiene

Citron Hygiene, is a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Food Service Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services. With over 40 years of extensive industry experience, we have offices across Canada and the United States.

Citron Hygiene is committed to Building healthy spaces™ by combining proprietary products and processes, certified and dedicated staff, and trusted, top-tier vendor-partners to deliver unparalleled, holistic health and hygiene solutions. The design and delivery of everything we do, reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our singular focus on customer needs and goals, and our abiding respect for the environment and its sustainability.

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