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Monson Company’s Pig Roast in Leominster on June 29th, 2017


A visit from the ice cream truck on August 11, 2017

BASF Welcomes Monson

During their annual review recently at BASF headquarters in Florham Park, NJ…Monson was welcomed with some special signage and more importantly was recognized as a “valued added” distribution partner to BASF. We are very proud of how the review went with BASF.

Monson Sales Meeting Brings The Team Closer Together

Monson sales meeting held at The International in Bolton MA on January 11th & 12th

This was a team building exercise at The Escape Room. The team had to work together to solve clues to exit the room.



Azelis expands in the US Personal Care market with the acquisition of Ross Organic

Azelis Americas, part of the Azelis Group, announced today the acquisition of Ross Organic, a specialty distributor into the personal care and home care / industrial cleaning markets located in Santa Fe, California, USA. With this move, Azelis Americas increases their resources and commitment to these specialty growth markets in the Western US. In keeping with Azelis Americas’ “go to market strategy”, the Ross Organic brand will remain, along with the people servicing the innovative western personal care market.

Hans-Joachim Müller, Azelis Group CEO, comments: “We are delighted about this acquisition. Ross Organic shares the same values that are central to Azelis: to be the best service provider in the industry. There is an excellent cultural fit between the companies which will result in enhanced service to both our customers and principals. I would like to thank our US team for their efforts in securing this important deal and am delighted that our successful growth strategy is being supported by funds advised by Apax Partners, our major shareholders.”

Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of Azelis Americas states: “One of the pillars of our Personal Care strategy has been to focus on increasing our footprint in the US in the personal care space. The DeWolf acquisition in early 2014 has been a resounding success, and we feel similarly positive about the addition of Ross Organic. They are a proven leader in the sales and marketing of specialty products and have the technical resources and lab facilities to be successful, which are also key elements to our value proposition.” Mr. Bergonzi concludes: “This acquisition affords us the extended reach and history of sustainable organic growth in a strategically important market segment.”

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that […]

New Video for an Introduction to Azelis Americas

Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of Azelis Americas along with Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, CEO of Azelis Group… are featured in a new, introduction video to Azelis Americas in which both share their visions, the culture of the company along with the goals and the benefits for customers and principals alike.

Azelis closes deal for KDG acquisition

Effective December 17th, Azelis Group (Azelis) and KODA Distribution Group (KDG) announce that the deal to acquire US-based KDG, is complete and has now closed following regulatory clearance.
As of today, KDG is Azelis Americas and is led by Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of Azelis Americas, and a member of the Azelis Board of Directors. Frank Bergonzi reports to Hans Joachim Müller, CEO Azelis Group.

Azelis Americas will continue to operate in the USA and Canada using its existing business model and go-to-market strategy. Its renowned local brands will be maintained and co-branded with the Azelis visual identity, thereby emphasizing its local focus on absolute customer service, now backed by a global structure. Specialty markets are also aligned across the Group.

Frank Bergonzi said, “We are delighted to be part of Azelis. As our teams have gotten to know each other over the last weeks, it has been clear that we have similar cultures. We definitely have aligned business philosophy, centered around technical service and focus our efforts on specialty chemicals and ingredients. We share a common goal: to better serve our customers and principals at a global, regional and local level. Since the deal was announced, we learned that many of our principals have indicated they are interested in growing with us. A key attribute is our ability to access the smaller customer base via skilled sales teams with in-depth technical knowledge and market expertise.”

Hans Joachim Müller said,” Although we are now a much larger organisation with a better balanced geographical footprint, the overarching rationale of the acquisition was the revenue synergies that exist between KDG and Azelis, which we aim to exploit. Going forward we will be focusing on generating fast–paced organic growth by […]

Azelis Americas (KDG) announces the acquisition of Colonial Specialty Chemicals to bolster Monson Companies’ Lubes and Metalworking Business.

June 8th, 2015


Azelis Americas (KDG) has acquired the assets of Colonial Specialty Chemicals (CSC) and plans to merge it with Monson Companies. This combination of resources and personnel on the metalworking side will create a market leader in the space for Monson Companies. The enhanced product portfolio and addition of CSC technical experts, will further Monson Companies capabilities with customers in the Lubes and Metalworking markets.


Frank Bergonzi, KDG‘s CEO and President states, “this is another strategic acquisition for our business and specifically, Monson Companies. We have a long history in this business, with extensive experience and long term relationships with key suppliers and customers. The addition of CSC demonstrates our commitment to this segment. Our objective is to continue to grow this market and add even more value.”


Steve Barney, President of Monson Companies, “this is a perfect fit. A partnership that is fully aligned based on our core beliefs and product offering. Monson is now a focused, high value, service provider to the Lubes/Grease and Metalworking market.” Steve concluded, “Monson and CSC offer a highly proficient sales team covering both the lubricant/Grease sector and now deeper into Metalworking, supported by our Technical Service Lab. The broad product portfolio will also be an advantage for our customers as we offer technical and formulation assistance.


Craig Mott, Executive Vice President of Colonial Specialty Chemicals stated, “This merger is great for us, our customers, as well as our Principals, as it provides greater resources, more human capital, increased warehousing/logistic capabilities, lab services and broader product mix…” Craig added, “plus Monson is known in the market as having a great reputation and focus on technical service and customer satisfaction. We are delighted to be part of KDG and Monson […]

Monson Named Elementis North American Distributor

Elementis recently announced the addition of Monson Companies, Inc. as their North American lubricant distributor for their BENTONE®, BARAGEL® and NYKON® Rheological Additives.

Nabaltec AG planning significant expansion of production capacity in the USA

Schwandorf, 16 December 2014 – In response to the constantly growing demand for fine precipitated
hydroxides mainly in the US market, Nabaltec AG plans to expand the production capacity of its Nashtec
joint venture in Corpus Christi (Texas/USA) by approximately 40%. Appropriate agreements have already
been reached with Nabaltec’s joint venture partner, Sherwin Alumina Company, LLC. The annual
production capacity for fine precipitated aluminum hydroxide, the company’s top-selling product, is to be
expanded to over 30,000 tons. Construction of the new facilities is scheduled to start in 2015 and should
be completed by early 2016. Thanks to steadily increasing demand in the USA and the US dollar zone,
Nashtec has been operating close to full capacity. The planned expansion measures will be implemented
without affecting ongoing operations.
Johannes Heckmann, Member of the Board of Nabaltec AG: “Nashtec has been a success story for
Nabaltec ever since the start of production in 2006. Today, we are the only company in the world to
produce fine precipitated aluminum hydroxides both in the USA and in Europe – and we do so to the same
high standards of quality at both production sites. Nashtec remains a very important component of our
global strategy.”
The Nashtec joint venture was founded by Nabaltec and Sherwin Alumina in 2004. Sherwin Alumina
Company, LLC is a subsidiary of GlencoreXstrata plc. The production of fine precipitated aluminum
hydroxide began in November 2006. The production facilities in Corpus Christi (Texas/USA) are located
adjacent to the Sherwin Alumina plant which supplies primary materials and energy to Nashtec and
enables the company to benefit from the existing infrastructure.

Lonza Industrial Solutions Strengthens Relationship with Azelis Americas

Allendale, NJ (USA) and Basel, Switzerland, 21 November 2014 – Lonza Inc. has appointed Azelis Americas (KDG) as their representative for the Functional Chemicals line of products from 1 December 2014. The functional ingredients are typically sold into the plastic additives and construction markets under the brand names of Acrawax™, Glycolubes™, Glycosperse™ and Lonzest™.
KDG CASE and KDG Industrial verticals bring exceptional expertise in the Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomers CASE and plastics market with their unique technical centers, application knowledge, strong marketing expertise and technical sales professionals. KDG Industrial (Monson) and KDG CASE (Ribelin, EW Kaufmann, GMZ and PT Hutchins) will be adding these products to their current Lonza portfolio of products.
Since 2010, KDG CASE has been representing the Lonza Industrial Solutions “Biocides” line of products: Omadine™, Proxel™, Reputain™, Densil™ and Omacide™. “KDG has done an excellent job growing our business; we look forward to working together further with our Functional Ingredients products,” said Julie Gallucci, Lonza’s Head of NAFTA Industrial Solutions.
Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President of Azelis Americas, said, “This new specialty portfolio further strengthens our business relationship with our strategic partner, Lonza. It complements our industry verticals and adds to the breadth of our product portfolio by offering technologies from world-class suppliers, while enabling KDG to provide industry-leading technical sales, support and application expertise.”

About Lonza
Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. We harness science and technology to create products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life.
Not only are we a custom manufacturer and developer, Lonza also offers services and products ranging from active pharmaceutical ingredients and stem-cell therapies to drinking water sanitizers, from the […]