PE shop Kohlberg & Co. closes Pexco buyout, rebrands as Spectrum Plastics

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Spectrum Plastics GroupPrivate equity giant Kohlberg & Co. said this week that it closed its buyout of specialty plastics manufacturer Pexco and merged the business with its PPC Industries holding, which also includes Kelpac Medical.

The PE shop said it plans to focus the new group, re-branded as Spectrum Plastics, on the medical device market. Offerings include multiple thermoplastic and silicone tubing extrusion, injection molding, film, packaging, assembly and value-added manufacturing.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Spectrum has 20 plants in 5 countries and employs about 2,000 workers, Kohlberg & Co. said.

“We are thrilled to have closed this transaction and to announce the launch of our new, combined company, Spectrum Plastics Group. There are few businesses as unique and well-resourced as Spectrum Plastics Group in the market today, and we aim to support our customers fully with such a broad range of manufacturing technologies and products,” CEO Neil Shillingford said in prepared remarks.

Kohlberg & Co. said the Pexco and PPC Industries brands will be retained for the industrial profile extrusion and industrial packaging markets, respectively.

“We now bring a full spectrum and in most cases unmatched set of specialty plastics capabilities to the medical device sector, so the opportunity to relaunch our brand, one with a long history in medical devices and strong brand equity with our customers, was compelling. It speaks precisely to our unique position within the medical device market and our ability to support our customers’ noble mission of restoring health for millions of patients worldwide,” added medical president Mauricio Arellano.

Spectrum Plastics plans to formally debut its new branding at the MD&M East trade show in New York City next month.

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