CRC Industries, Inc. Acquires Weld-Aid Products

WARMINSTER, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CRC Industries, Inc. announces the acquisition of Weld-Aid Products, a
leading manufacturer and marketer in maintenance chemicals serving the
welding and metalworking business segments.

Located in Detroit, Michigan, Weld-Aid Products was established in 1958
as a division of the Roy Smith Welding Supply Company and quickly
realized there were opportunities to improve the efficiency of the wire
feed process in the welding marketplace. Today, Weld-Aid products are
designed to both clean and lubricate the wire, reducing friction as the
wire is fed to the torch. A full line of welding and metal protection
products are marketed, including category-leading products in zinc
coatings, anti-spatter and lubricants.

Customers are served through two major selling divisions: the
aftermarket division for welding-related cleaning and lubrication
products and the zinc rich coatings division, specializing in products
and solutions for the galvanizing and infrastructure markets.

Industry leading Weld-Aid® branded products include:
WELD-KLEEN®, a coating to prevent spatter buildup;
NOZZLE-KLEEN®, a coating to maximize tip life; LUBE-MATIC®,
a coating to maximize tip and liner life; FRACSURE®, YORK’S
Products, BRITE® Products, and leading galvanizing brands
BRITE ZINC® and Weld-Aid 1st ZINC®.

Scott Grey, CEO of CRC Industries, states, “The addition of the Weld-Aid
brands and products will greatly enhance our ability to meet and exceed
our global mission to be the brands of first choice to our many
customers within the MRO maintenance, auto repair and professional user

Steve Smith, president and owner of Weld-Aid, is excited to see his
business become part of the CRC family of brands and recognizes the
opportunity for Weld-Aid products to fulfill a growth platform in the
galvanizing and fabrication global markets. “It is very clear that our
future depends on being integrated into a worldwide manufacturer with
the platform to meet the welding channel’s needs,” states Smith. “I am
very happy that we can be part of the CRC family.”

The Weld-Aid product business will become part of the CRC Americas Group
led by Wayne King, president, CRC Americas.

CRC Industries is a global leader in the production of specialty
chemicals used by MRO and installer professionals and the do-it-yourself
(DIY) consumer. CRC serves a variety of markets, including industrial
MRO, automotive, heavy duty truck, marine, electrical, construction, and
aviation. CRC operates worldwide in the regions of the Americas, EMEIA,
and Asia Pacific, with 6 manufacturing sites and 14 distribution points,
and is sold in over 120 countries.

CRC global trademarked brands include: CRC®, K&W®,
Sta-Lube®, SmartWasher®, Marykate®,
Ambersil®, KF®, Kontakt Chemie®, Ados®,
Action Can® and Kitten®.


CRC Industries, Inc.
Dori Ahart, Marketing Manager
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