READING, Pa. – Rentokil Steritech announced the acquisition of Batzner Pest Control, based in New Berlin, Wis., and servicing the Milwaukee metro area as well as parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and northern Illinois. Batzner Pest Control ranked #51 on this year's PCT Top 100 List with $16.1 million in 2016 revenues.
The transaction closed in June and the terms were not disclosed. This acquisition helps grow Rentokil Steritech’s residential and commercial service capabilities in Wisconsin with particular emphasis on metro Milwaukee, the country’s 29th largest market.
The acquisition will bring on board over 165 colleagues — among them 100 technician specialists, plus 25 proven managers. Originally started in 1946 by Ed Batzner, ownership transferred to Al and Gloria Batzner in 1972, then in 1990 to their son Jerry Batzner. The company has grown consistently over the years based on a strong commitment to its people, service and quality. Batzner Pest Control’s main customer base is comprised of residential and commercial entities, providing Rentokil Steritech with access to some the area’s most important educational, food processing, resort and health care companies.
Jerry Batzner, the current president and CEO and, and his daughter Melissa Batzner Krische, the current general manager, will remain with the business going forward.
“I am delighted that we are becoming part of the Rentokil Steritech family. We were looking for a company that is committed to its people and delivering great service to our customers, and we found just the right partner in Rentokil Steritech,” said Jerry Batzner. “Our entire team looks forward to continuing to offer top quality pest control to the people of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.”
Melissa Batzner Krische added, “We really focused on finding a partner who was customer centric with an emphasis on employee growth opportunities. Rentokil Steritech matched ideally with us on that plus there are now new market opportunities that will improve the customers experience as Rentokil Steritech is the leading pest control firm in the United States with a ‘Brand Protection’ offering.”
“We believe we have found a perfect fit in Batzner Pest Control to complement our existing footprint in the Midwest,” said John Myers, president and CEO, Rentokil Steritech. “I have been impressed by the way Jerry Batzner and his team have built a culture based on consistently good service and long term customer relationships as these traits align perfectly with our own at Rentokil Steritech.”
LR Tullius represented and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Batzner Pest Control.