Avkem Expands Refractory Product Line with Acquisition

Lenoir City, TN (August 22, 2017) – Avkem International, LLC, a leading supplier to the non-ferrous metals market, announced that they have completed the acquisition of E-Jay Thermo Products, a refractory company specialized in thermocouples, protection tubes, and laminate refractory ladles, to enhance its molten metal handling product line.

The purchase of E-Jay Thermo Products further increases Avkem’s product offerings to the aluminum casting market. “The combination of E-Jay Thermo Products with our foundry supply line will provide our clients the proven laminated lades and thermocouples with the advantages of Avkem’s modern production and repeatable quality,” said Laurence Secrest, president of Avkem International. “The acquisition is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase our market share,” added Secrest.

Avkem will use E-Jay’s existing technology and product knowledge and leverage Avkem’s production capacity to provide greater product availability to its customers. Avkem is in the process of assimilating the production into its 79,000 sq ft facility in Lenoir City, TN. “The integration of both companies will take place over the next 3-5 months. Our clients will continue to receive the same high-quality products, which they have come to expect, with accelerated lead times, and enhanced digital design” stated David Youngblood, CEO of Avkem.

About Avkem International, LLC
Avkem’s predecessor, Basic Resources, Inc., has been privately held since it was founded in 1992. Its mission is to support the metals industry with superior quality and unmatched service through long-term partnerships with its customers, suppliers, employees and community. Over the past 20 years, Basic Resources has leveraged its supply chain and customer service to provide optimal, economic solutions for its customers. For more information about Avkem International, visit its website at www.AvkemSolutions.com

For more information please contact:
Michele Dighello
AVKEM INTERNATIONAL, LLC
3620 Industrial Park Dr
Lenoir City, TN 37771 USA
Phone: +1 (865) 690-8727
Fax: +1 (865) 690-8724

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