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LubriSource expands product offerings with acquisition of product line

Jul 28, 2023

An equipment supplier in the Dayton region recently acquired a new product line. The acquisition grows a local company’s brand and is part of the company’s growth strategy.

Middletown-based LubriSource recently purchased The IFH Group’s fluid storage and dispensing product line. As a result, the product line will be sold under the LubriSource Fluid Handling and Dispensing (LSFH) brand name.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are a long-time distributor of the former IFH line, so we already have the technical expertise, knowledge, and service infrastructure to support it," said Angela Morrow, LubriSource president. "The product segment is complementary to the maintenance and system design services we currently provide to the industrial lubrication industry, so we see this as a win-win for all customers."

LubriSource has focused on quickly integrating operations for a seamless transition and is ready to serve customers with replacement parts, upgrades, maintenance, and new systems and dispensing cart purchase orders.

The IFH Group, based in Rock Falls, Illinois, was formerly known as Sauk Valley Equipment Company, and is considered the originator of fluid handling solutions.

"The IFH Group is proud to announce the sale of our storage and dispensing line to our long-time partner, LubriSource,” said Ryan McCarty, The IFH Group president. “Their pledge to offer quality and innovative solutions mirrors our long-standing view of taking care of our customer's needs.”

The LSFH product line includes several standard storage and dispensing systems for oils and industrial fluids and the ability to customize designs. Customers can also be assured of meeting insurance requirements with new and improved fire-safety kits. The systems are safer, cleaner, and more cost-effective than traditional 55-gallon drum storage. For example, nine 55-gallon drums containing 495 gallons of fluid would require 120 square feet of floor space. However, a nine-container LSFH Fluid Handling and Dispensing system holding 585 gallons of fluids requires only 19 square feet of floor space. It also offers a spill containment system and sight gauges for inventory control.

The product line also includes mobile fluid handling carts, so 15-gallon, 30-gallon and 65-gallon containers can be easily transported between lube sites, allowing users to handle more in a single trip and keep spills confined to the cart base drip pan.

LubriSource’s products are used across industries included but not limited to; steel mills, automotive, pulp and paper, utilities, military, and food and beverage. Some are even on submarines.

"This acquisition is part of our company's growth strategy," Morrow said. "The LSFH product line will introduce our brand and expertise to new customers worldwide."

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