Roll Coater Adds On

Roll Coater Inc., a portfolio company of Willis Stein & Partners, has acquired the coil coating assets of Material Sciences Corp. The deal was valued at $10 million.


Roll Coater, Inc., the premier, full service United States based coil coater with experience in servicing the most diverse customer base in North America, today announced the acquisition from Material Sciences Corporation (MSC) of additional coil coating assets, related processing equipment, associated business base and related customer goodwill associated with MSC’s Plant #7 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

As part of the agreement, MSC will not develop, manufacture, or sell general-line coil coating products in some North American markets for five years. MSC has committed to complete the wind-down of its Plant #7 operations and exit the related business no later than June 11, 2010.

“This acquisition is yet another step in Roll Coater’s ongoing commitment to ensure our customers are number one,” said Robert O’Neal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Roll Coater. “For years we’ve been committed to assembling the industry’s premier complement of expert personnel and industry leading assets and equipment, and coupling them with outstanding customer service. Incorporating these newly acquired assets and customer base into the Roll Coater portfolio furthers our commitment to our customers and the coil coating industry. In line with that commitment, and with the strong support of our equity sponsor, Willis Stein & Partners, Roll Coater is dedicating extensive resources to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all our customers.”

Roll Coater is a leading provider of coil coating services to steel mills, service centers, traders, and OEM’s. Roll Coater’s services include the application of paint and other treatments to steel, aluminum and stainless coils, as well as tension leveling, slitting and embossing on automated, high-speed lines, allowing customers to eliminate inefficient and expensive in-house painting operations, improve quality control and reduce emissions. Roll Coater maintains a diverse blue chip customer base and has leading presence in a wide range of attractive markets including construction, transportation, appliance, garage and entry door, lighting, HVAC, and consumer products. More information on Roll Coater can be found at

Willis Stein & Partners is a leading, Chicago-based private equity firm that focuses on investments in profitable, well-managed and growing middle market businesses. Over a twenty-year period, the principals of Willis Stein have invested approximately $3 billion of equity capital to acquire and support the growth of 50 companies across a number of industries. Please visit the firm’s website at for more information.