Ovivo buys Alar companies

MONTREAL – Ovivo Inc., a global provider of water and wastewater treatment equipment, technology and systems, is buying the businesses of Alar Engineering Corporation, Alar Chemical Sales Inc. and Alar Leasing Inc.

Based in Mokena, Illinois, Alar is a manufacturer of wastewater treatment systems, a provider of pre-treatment and filter aid chemical products, while also offering parts, services and leasing of equipment to its clients. Established in 1970, Alar is a second generation family company.

It has thousands of installations worldwide and serves a diversified and well-established customer base, focusing mainly on applications for industrial niche markets, such as Food & Beverage, Metal, Concrete, Paint & Coatings, Flexo Ink and Fat & Grease.

As part of Ovivo, Alar will operate under the name Alar Water Treatment. Steve Gorski, Alar’s current national sales manager, will lead this business unit as general manager.

“We are very excited to welcome the Alar team to the Ovivo family. Alar is a company with a long entrepreneurial history that fits well with Ovivo’s culture,” said Marc Barbeau, president and CEO of Ovivo.

“One of our key long-term objectives is to develop a strong presence in targeted industrial water and wastewater markets in North America and ALAR is a great addition towards this strategic goal.”

“Ovivo’s approach was a unique opportunity for my brother Jeff, my sister Vickey and me to transfer the company we contributed in building over the past 35 years to a strategic owner who will sustain Alar’s legacy and support its growth plans for decades to come,” said Paula Jackfert, former CEO and shareholder of Alar.

Ovivo has more than 150 years of expertise and references in water treatment. It delivers conventional to highly technological water treatment solutions for the industrial and municipal markets.