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Sun Industrial Chemical Inc, a business that has been in operation in Wapakoneta for nearly 30 years, will be under new ownership beginning Friday. The company sold to Miller‚Äôs Textile Service.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to thank all our customers, and especially Wapakoneta, for its cordialness and support over the many years,‚ÄĚ owner Pat Koester said.
Sun Industrial Chemical has been providing commercial cleaning products and hygienic paper supplies in 12 counties, with Auglaize County and Wapakoneta serving as the main ‚Äúhub.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe have sold the business primarily because of timing,‚ÄĚ Koester said. ‚ÄúAs an entrepreneur, an orderly exit from business is important.‚ÄĚ
The business and services are being sold to Miller‚Äôs Textile Services, which Koester said will be capable of ‚Äúmaintaining and grow-
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ing Sun‚Äôs position under their direction.‚ÄĚ
Miller‚Äôs Textile Service provides uniforms, linens, mats and other textiles and laundering services and is located in Wapakoneta.
Miller‚Äôs Textile Service President Robert L. Hager said his company has been a strategic business partner with Sun Industrial Chemical for nine years.
‚ÄúThe alliance was created at the time because it made sense for two local, independent small businesses to work together,‚ÄĚ Hager said.
Hager said ‚Äúnext logical step‚ÄĚ is to merge Sun‚Äôs business model into Miller‚Äôs Textile Services.
He said this will benefit customers from both businesses, including an expanded line of janitorial supplies for Miller‚Äôs Textile customers and the utilization of Miller‚Äôs Textile‚Äôs products for current Sun Industrial customers.
Hager said the companies have been working together to make necessary adjustments.
‚ÄúThe Sun Industrial inventory, sales, service and administrative functions are being relocated locally to the Miller‚Äôs facility,‚ÄĚ Hager said. ‚ÄúCurrent Sun Industrial employees are in the process now of transitioning over to become Miller‚Äôs employees, and we are fortunate to have them becoming part of our team.‚ÄĚ
Beginning Monday, all Sun Industrial Chemical products and services will be delivered under Miller‚Äôs Textile Service‚Äôs name.
‚ÄúIt has been a pleasure to work with Sun Industrial Chemical for these past nine years,‚ÄĚ Hager said. ‚ÄúSun Industrial customers can expect from Miller‚Äôs Textile Service the same quality products and services that they are accustomed to.‚ÄĚ