Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. has acquired Jacobus Environmental Services, bringing one of the major collectors of used oil, oil filters and antifreeze in the upper Midwest into North America's largest existing network of industrial cleaner, used oil collection, and re-refining and environmental services providers.

 

"This is a major, strategic acquisition for the Safety-Kleen network," said Safety-Kleen CEO and president Frederick J. Florjancic. "This solidifies Safety-Kleen's presence in seven large states, affirms our commitment to expanding our used oil business, and provides Jacobus' former customers with a broader range of used oil, industrial cleaning and waste management options."

 

The acquisition involves seven oil collection facilities owned or leased by Jacobus in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and a fleet of 27 oil collection trucks.

 

Prior to being acquired by Safety-Kleen, the 15-year-old company provided collection services for used oil, oil filters, oily water and absorbents to approximately 16,000 customers in the seven-state area.

 

"Jacobus has a solid history of excellent service and customer growth, and their business aligns perfectly with Safety-Kleen's plans for growth through acquisitions that offer a real opportunity to expand our service offerings in existing markets," said Florjancic. "This acquisition strengthens our core businesses, expands and deepens our customer relationships, brings us experienced new employees, and enhances our profitability."

 

Services provided by Safety-Kleen include: used oil and coolant collection; solvent and aqueous parts cleaning equipment and services; containerized waste management; environmental project work; emergency response; vacuum services; imaging services; absorbent products; regulatory compliance training; MSDS management; and, a wide selection of professional cleaning products.

 

Florjancic said Safety-Kleen plans on keeping current service agreements and schedules intact for existing Jacobus customers.

 

"We want to make this transition as seamless and smooth as possible for every single customer," Florjancic said. "Nothing significant will change, but if customers have questions, they should feel free to call Steve Anacker, who is joining us from Jacobus. The Jacobus team built a solid reputation for quality and reliability and we intend to maintain those traditions."