Central Plastics Acquires Connectra Fusion
Shawnee, Oklahoma, March 8, 2007
Central Plastics Company, today announced that it has acquired Gainesville, Texas based Connectra Fusion Technologies, LLC from its co-owners, Christie Capital and TD Williamson.
Connectra Fusion Technologies was founded in 2001 as a result of a merger between Christie Capital and TD Williamson's Polyethylene Products division. However, it has almost 40 years of experience in the industry, with its product roots tracing back to Christie Manufacturing and Rigid Tool. With a motto of "Simply Fusion", Connectra has enjoyed success in the polyethylene pipe fusion industry by focusing on simplicity and reliability. Touting its hand operated machinery as a "basic, smart solution", the company also offers a full line of fusion equipment and accessories, including electric hydraulic machines up to 42-inches.
"We see exciting things for Connectra's future as part of a bigger company like Central Plastics," says Philip Christie of Connectra. "Connectra will be able to bring our "simpler is smarter" approach to a larger, more international market. It's a win-win for everyone including customers."
Under the terms of the agreement, Connectra will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Plastics and will continue to operate under the Connectra name. Connectra President Ron Underwood will remain in the key leadership role overseeing Connectra operations, which will remain in Gainesville.
"We are excited to be adding Connectra's strength & expertise in polyethylene pipe fusion to our stable of products & services," says Rocky Wade, President of Central Plastics. "It is our goal to be the provider of choice in the ever increasing and highly diversified international piping industry, and Connectra's focus on fusion and its excellent customer service will fit well with Central's strategy to be 'The Source' for fittings, equipment, and connection accessories."
With engineering and production capabilities built around specialized business units (Plastics, Metals, Specialty and Shared Services), Central Plastics Company is a global leader in the development, manufacturing and supply of reliable and innovative system joining products used in most 21st century infrastructure systems including the natural gas, municipal, industrial mining and oilfield sectors. Founded in 1955, Central Plastics is a privately held company, with operations in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tianjin, China and Wellington, New Zealand (a wholly owned distribution operation that sells Central Plastic products into the Natural Gas and Municipal & Industrial marketplace).