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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 Millerâs Textile Service.
âIâd like to thank all our customers, and especially Wapakoneta, for its cordialness and support over the many years,â 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 âhub.â
âWe have sold the business primarily because of timing,â Koester said. âAs an entrepreneur, an orderly exit from business is important.â
The business and services are being sold to Millerâs Textile Services, which Koester said will be capable of âmaintaining and grow-
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ing Sunâs position under their direction.â
Millerâs Textile Service provides uniforms, linens, mats and other textiles and laundering services and is located in Wapakoneta.
Millerâs Textile Service President Robert L. Hager said his company has been a strategic business partner with Sun Industrial Chemical for nine years.
âThe alliance was created at the time because it made sense for two local, independent small businesses to work together,â Hager said.
Hager said ânext logical stepâ is to merge Sunâs business model into Millerâs Textile Services.
He said this will benefit customers from both businesses, including an expanded line of janitorial supplies for Millerâs Textile customers and the utilization of Millerâs Textileâs products for current Sun Industrial customers.
Hager said the companies have been working together to make necessary adjustments.
âThe Sun Industrial inventory, sales, service and administrative functions are being relocated locally to the Millerâs facility,â Hager said. âCurrent Sun Industrial employees are in the process now of transitioning over to become Millerâs employees, and we are fortunate to have them becoming part of our team.â
Beginning Monday, all Sun Industrial Chemical products and services will be delivered under Millerâs Textile Serviceâs name.
âIt has been a pleasure to work with Sun Industrial Chemical for these past nine years,â Hager said. âSun Industrial customers can expect from Millerâs Textile Service the same quality products and services that they are accustomed to.â