Building products maker CertainTeed Corp. is acquiring SimTek Fence for an undisclosed price.
Orem, Utah-based SimTek makes high density polyethylene fence products. Its products are available at Home Depot, Menard's and other fence dealers. In a July 5 news release, officials with CertainTeed in Malvern, Pa., described SimTek as "a true industry innovator of fence products" that pioneered and patented the design of rotationally molded fence.
They added that SimTek's Ecostone simulated-stone fence system provides superior performance and the realistic appearance of stone. "This acquisition adds a key innovation to our outdoor living products portfolio, specifically our Bufftech premium fence line," CertainTeed president Benoit Bazin said in the release.
CertainTeed outdoor living products general manager Richard Brinton added that the firm's customers "have been asking us for a low maintenance fence line that offers the true look of stone" and that SimTek's product lines "fit the bill perfectly."
SimTek employs 75 at a plant in Orem. CertainTeed currently makes its own PVC fence, railing and decking products at a plant in Buffalo, N.Y.
SimTek CEO Brad Wilson said in the release that his firm "is excited about the power of this combined fence portfolio and look forward to leveraging CertainTeed's marketing, R&D and manufacturing expertise to take us to the next level."
CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. The firm employs more than 6,300 worldwide and has annual sales of around $3.4 billion. It's a unit of global building products leader Saint-Gobain of France.
In the most recent Plastics News ranking, CertainTeed placed sixth among North American pipe, profile and tubing extruders with estimated related annual sales of $630 million.