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Wilsonart gets antitrust OK to acquire Durcon

October 25, 2013 - Temple-based Wilsonart LLC, a decorative laminate company, is looking to diversify by acquiring Durcon, which makes lab countertops and other industrial surfaces.

Financial details were not disclosed when the transaction was announced earlier this month.

The buyout adds even more momentum to Durcon, which has added roughly 100 employees in the past year and currently has 450 total. In April, the company closed a facility in Michigan and consolidated all of its operations into its Taylor headquarters, which has been running 24 hours.

Wilsonart expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter. It will be financed through a combination of available cash and the company's existing credit facilities.

Wilsonart LLC to Acquire Durcon Incorporated

About Durcon

Durcon Incorporated has been operating for 40 years in Taylor, located near Austin, TX. The company offers high performance, epoxy-resin work surfaces and sinks for laboratories and research facilities. 

Durcon's Epoxy Resin Worksurfaces Chosen for Sustainable Design in Buford Middle School Lab Renovation

Students at Buford Middle School are now learning about science, technology, engineering, and math in 4 state-of-the-art labs that feature 3D printing capabilities. The ribbon-cutting ceremony last week kicked off the Buford Engineering Design Academy, a $1.4 million, 9,600-square-foot renovation at Buford.*

Durcon’s epoxy resin worksurfaces were top choice for the newly renovated, technology-centric science labs. Director of Sustainable Design, Steve Davis, chose furnishings that encourage collaborative and hands-on learning. Davis specified Durcon’s epoxy resin countertops because they enhance the children’s learning environment through functional design and durability.

*Excerpt copied from Buford opens new science labs & other school news by Tim Shea

Read the full article from Charlottesville Tomorrow

Durcon Among ARMA's "Founding Forty" Members

Cordell Bennigson, Durcon’s CEO and member of the ARMA Board of Directors, said of the association, “Manufacturing plays an important role in our nation’s economy. ARMA was formed to not only be an advocate for this vitally important industry, but also to allow manufacturers in the Austin area to share ideas and best practices to help strengthen their businesses here in the area.” Bennigson added, “Durcon is proud of our central Texas roots as well as our international operations and global reach. Other ARMA members include global giants such as Samsung and Freescale Semiconductor, and we have the backing and support of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and government policy makers.”

Durcon Incorporated, which was recently acknowledged as Central Texas Exporter of the year, looks forward to participating with other ARMA members from around central Texas to share its over forty years of manufacturing, export and logistics experience. Mr. Bennigson said of the new enterprise, “We hope to advance the way we do business in this region. This group has a mix of some of the largest companies in the world along-side medium and small organization who are teaming together to promote growth.”

ARMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the thriving Austin and Central Texas, manufacturing industry through advocacy, workforce development and networking. In addition, ARMA promotes manufacturing in schools and the community, as well as ensuring employment opportunities and benefits are continually improving to support the areas industrial growth.

Durcon Supports New Scott & White Children’s Program

“We are grateful to the Durcon Charity Committee who approved the program, which we developed specifically for Durcon,” Kevin Smith, Scott & White Hospital Taylor CEO, said in the official announcement Friday.