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Asheville Manufacturer W.P. Hickman Acquired by OMG, Inc. for Future Expansion Activity
January 2nd, 2013
OMG, Inc. announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of the W.P. Hickman Company of Asheville, NC. OMG is a leading manufacturer of fasteners and building products for commercial and residential construction applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
W.P. Hickman manufactures a wide variety of aesthetically pleasing, code-compliant edge metal systems, fascia, coping, and gravel stops for low sloped roofing applications, as well as custom metal products. Its products are designed to provide protection against wind and water infiltration, and are used in diverse applications by end-users including Hilton Hotels, Hyundai, Coca-Cola, the Pepsi Center arena in Denver, and Red Robin and Applebee's restaurants, among others. The new entity will conduct business as Hickman Engineered Systems, an OMG Roofing Products company.
"This acquisition is significant for OMG in several ways," said Hubert McGovern, president and CEO of OMG. "In addition to adding a premier product line to our commercial roofing portfolio, it strengthens our brand and enables us to bring increased value to our customers. Futhermore, the impressive new facility in Asheville will accommodate the long-term growth opportunities that we envision."
"We have a broad range of innovative and market-leading products including OlyFlow Drains, OlyBond Insulation Adhesives, the AccuTrac Fastening System and the RhinoBond Induction Welding system," added Mc Govern. "Hickman gives us a complementary product line and another opportunity to deliver products that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance."
W.P. Hickman currently employs approximately 50 people in manufacturing, engineering, and customer service. OMG will continue to operate the business from the existing facility in Asheville, NC.