Interline Brands makes acquisition

Interline Brands, a distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products, has announced the purchase of the assets of CleanSource, a distributor of janitorial and sanitation supplies for $60.1 million.

CleanSource, based in San Jose, Calif., primarily serves institutional facilities in the healthcare and education markets, as well as building services contractors. For the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2010, CleanSource generated approximately $115 million in sales.

The acquisition will expand the national business footprint of Interline Brands, which is based in Jacksonville, Fla., to the West Coast, the company said in its announcement.

Interline Brands markets and distributes plumbing, electrical, hardware, security hardware, HVAC and other related items primarily through 10 private brands. Its customer base includes multi-family housing, educational, lodging and healthcare facilities, professional contractors, hardware stores and other distributors.

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