Jul. 8, 2015
US specialty chemical company Douglas Products has acquired the Vikane and ProFume gas fumigant (sulfuryl fluoride is the active ingredient in both products) business from Dow AgroSciences. The purchase includes all related business assets, including the manufacturing plant in Pittsburg, Calif.
“Customers will continue to get the same product quality and support that have made Vikane and ProFume market-leading brands,” says Bill Fuller, Douglas CEO. “On the products side our name is now on the door of the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. We own the plant, but it will continue to be operated for us by experienced Dow employees to ensure the product quality that customers rely upon.”
The acquisition of the Vikane and ProFume businesses is a great strategic fit for Douglas, Fuller adds. In business since 1916, the company’s foundation has been in pest control products and is a market leading registrant for phosphine fumigants. Vikane and ProFume expand its presence in both structural pest control and post-harvest commodity fumigation markets. In addition, Douglas manufactures and formulates many other lines of specialty chemical products.
Heather Kern, Global Marketing Leader for Douglas, says the acquisition of Vikane and ProFume creates new potential for both the fumigant brands and the company.