Québec City-based natural stone quarrier Polycor Inc has merged with Indiana Limestone Co (ILCO), a dimensional limestone quarrier and building products supplier based in Bloomington, Indiana. Terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which follows Polycor’s July acquisition of four limestone quarries in France. The seller was U.S. private equity firm Wynnchurch Capital, which acquired ILCO’s assets out of bankruptcy in 2014. Polycor is a portfolio company of Canadian private equity firm TorQuest Partners. TorQuest acquired majority control in 2016. The 2016 deal included Polycor’s merger with U.S.-based Swenson Granite Works and its affiliate Rock of Ages.
QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 11, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The largest producer of natural stone in North America, Polycor Inc., is pleased to announce the completion of its merger with Indiana Limestone Company (“ILCO”), a leading dimensional limestone quarrier and building products producer headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. This announcement comes shortly after Polycor’s recent acquisition of four limestone quarries in France in July, now positioning the company as a global leader in the natural stone industry.
United by a common business culture, the merger is expected to drive meaningful growth through cross-selling synergies, geographic expansion, and sharing of best practices. In addition, the merger will provide an expanded product offering for customers of both companies, positioning the combined business as the solution of choice for architects, builders, dealers and other stakeholders in the natural stone value chain. Existing customers and suppliers can expect a seamless transition and to receive the same quality of service they have come to expect over time.
“This transaction represents another milestone in Polycor’s journey to become the global leader in the natural stone industry,” says Patrick Perus, President and CEO of Polycor Inc. “we are thrilled to be joining forces with the leading producer of Indiana limestone in ILCO, and look forward to welcoming this world-class team into the Polycor family.” ILCO is a Nationally recognized brand in North America’s natural stone industry, with its stone being used in the construction of some of the U.S. most iconic buildings and monuments. ILCO also produces a wide range of natural stone masonry and hardscape products for use in residential, commercial, institutional and renovation applications.
Tom Quigley, CEO of ILCO, said “Our business today touches the lives of dealers, fabricators, distributors and architects worldwide. We are proud to be a part of a great industry. Now, by joining with Polycor, a business partner with whom we share common values, passion and ambition, there is unlimited potential to expand our offering and deliver even greater value to our customers.”
Through this merger, both companies expect continued growth and momentum in all phases of business operations. As such, all plants and quarries will continue to operate as normal, with both the Polycor and ILCO management teams leading their respective business operations going forward. Existing ILCO shareholders will become significant minority shareholders in the go-forward entity as the business embarks on its next phase of growth. With a more diversified and expansive geographic presence, ILCO’s offices in Bloomington will serve as a primary base to support continued expansion in North America.
About Polycor Inc.
Polycor Inc. is the world’s leading natural stone quarrier and its core mission is to make people fall in love with natural stone. Their world-class reputation comes from a great legacy of stone work on historical landmarks, institutional, commercial and residential projects. Founded in Québec City (Canada) in 1987, the company now employs nearly 1,100 people and owns over 44 quarries and 17 manufacturing plants across North America and Europe. For more information, visit their website or follow their social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of Indiana limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products. Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying limestone since the mid-1800s), Indiana Limestone Company today remains the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone. Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such iconic structures as the Empire State Building, National Cathedral, and the Pentagon, Indiana Limestone Company has reliably provided the highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of the market with an environmental, natural focus.