Anticimex Group Acquires Viking Pest Control

Anticimex Group Acquires Viking Pest Control

World’s fourth largest pest control company expands its footprint in the United States with strategic purchase of Top 100 firm.

July 5, 2017

Anticimex Group continued its rapid expansion in the United States with the acquisition of New Jersey-based Viking Pest Control, number 28 on PCT ’s Top 100 list. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Viking was founded in 1980 by Ed and Eileen Bradbury. Their tireless commitment to grow their family business led Viking to become a leading provider of residential and commercial pest control in New Jersey and a number of other states in the region, including Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Maryland. Ryan and Dan Bradbury, both members of the founding family, will remain with the company as president and vice president respectively. Ed Bradbury will remain on as a consultant. Viking will continue to operate under its current brand as part of the Anticimex Group. 

The acquisition is part of Anticimex’s strategy to expand in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Including the acquisition of Viking, Anticimex has made a total of five acquisitions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia in the last 12 months and continues to look for further growth opportunities in the region, according to the company.

In announcing the acquisition, Jarl Dahlfors, CEO and president of Anticimex Group, said, “We identified Viking early on as a premier, high-quality company with a stellar reputation in the industry and outstanding track record of growth. Viking has developed a strong, dynamic and visionary leadership team. I look forward to working together with Ryan and the team to realize the full potential of Viking and seeing it prosper as part of Anticimex. The acquisition of Viking represents a major step in our ambition to build a strong operation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.” 

Viking Pest Control President Ryan Bradbury said, “The sale of our family business is a decision that affects every branch in your family tree, including our employees that really are an integral part of our family, and we did not take it lightly. The opportunity that Anticimex provided us was truly unique and came at the right time. We know Viking will still feel like home for everyone here because Anticimex clearly recognizes the exceptional value of our company and our employees. We look forward to working hand in hand with the Anticimex team to grow Viking going forward, and we feel very confident that the future will be promising and beneficial for both our loyal customers and employees.”