Pipe distributor Harrington Industrial buys Texas rival

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CHINO, CALIF. (Dec. 28, 2:40 p.m. ET) — In a pipe distribution market deal, Harrington Industrial Plastics has acquired ProTec Construction Services & Supply for an undisclosed price.

Chino, Calif.-based Harrington had competed with ProTec of San Antonio, Texas, in some markets, marketing manager Tom Quinn said by phone Dec. 28. But the deal will give Harrington a much larger presence in Texas, he added. In addition to San Antonio, ProTec operates warehouses in Dallas and Austin. The firm distributes high purity piping systems based on PVC and other materials.

“We’re strong on the West Coast and East Coast but hadn’t been strong in Texas,” Quinn said. “This fills in a big hole for us.”

All ProTec employees will be retained. The firm’s Texas customers include Samsung Electronics.

“Our customers nationwide know what makes Harrington their first choice for high purity and corrosive solutions, and we’re confident that in Texas we will continue to provide the same level of service and expertise,” Harrington president and chief executive officer Jim Swanson said in Dec. 28 news release.

Harrington operates 45 locations across the U.S. and claims to be the country’s largest distributor of industrial plastic piping systems. The firm also recently opened a warehouse in Guam and will open its first in Mexico early next year, spokesman Buddy Baker said.

Harrington is owned by Aliaxis Group, a Brussels-based maker and distributor of plastic fluid handling systems with annual sales of more than $2.5 billion.