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GH Berlin – Windward Acquires Industrial and Commercial Lubricants Business of The Sandri Companies

GH Berlin-Windward, a leading lubricant marketer in the Northeast, acquired the Lubricants Division of The Sandri Companies. Deal to close on July 1st.

 The fully diversified Sandri Companies accepted an offer this month from GH-Berlin to sell their Sandri Lubricants division. After the sale, Sandri will focus on its core industries which are Consumer Energy, Transportation, Real Estate and Hospitality. Sandri will remain a leading distributor of Motor Fuels-both Sunoco brand and unbranded fuels-in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Northeastern New York. The company will also continue to provide residential and light commercial energy products and services in its historic markets for these options of Western Massachusetts, Vermont, and Southern New Hampshire. Sandri provides full service delivery of heating oil, propane, and wood pellets, as well as HVAC maintenance and installation of oil and gas heating and cooling equipment to roughly 5000 customers within 30 miles of their headquarters. They also intend to continue to focus on their emerging renewable energy offerings including: high efficiency automated wood pellet boilers, solar hot water and solar electricity.

“Sandri has been working on the implementation of a strategic plan to realign our core business, explains Timothy Van Epps, President and CEO, of Sandri. ” The primary goal is to divest business interests that are outside of our core industries, which are Energy, Transportation, Hospitality, and Real Estate.”  Van Epps adds, “After a thorough review of our portfolio, we determined that the lubricants division was no longer aligned with the company’s core business and long-term strategy. As such, we made the choice to accept an offer to sell our interests in that business sector to GH Berlin-Windward. They are a company whose sole focus is the distribution of commercial and industrial lubricants.”

Dave Waltz, CEO of GH Berlin-Windward says “Sandri’s lubricant business is an excellent fit with our company. Lubricants is our core business and the acquisition brings additional volume and opportunity in an attractive geographic market.”

In addition, Waltz says, “Understanding that both Berlin and Sandri focus their sales on providing superior products and services, our companies share core values and have a similar company culture. Sandri’s lubricant sales representatives should fit in well within our organization.” For this reason, Waltz adds, “We have offered employment to all of Sandri’s lubricant sales representatives.”

About Sandri
Sandri Inc. (www.sandri.com) is a family owned and operated full-service fuel and energy Distribution Company that provides diversified products, services and solutions to retail and commercial customers.They are the largest Sunoco branded motor fuels distributor in the New England, and also offer unbranded motor fuels to commercial customers. Sandri operates throughout New England and Eastern New York.  The company also provides a variety of heating fuels including: fuel oil, kerosene, propane, and wood pellets to thousands of customers throughout western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Sandri has a large HVAC service, repair and installation department that features a variety of heating, cooling and indoor air quality options for both oil-fired and gas equipment.

Leveraging their vast knowledge and experience in energy related products and petroleum distribution, Sandri has added a renewable energy division offering direct to consumer solar hot water installations, wood pellet fuel and heating systems, and solar electric installations.

Until the recent announcement that they would be divesting their commercial and industrial lubricants division, Sandri was First Source Marketer for Chevron Global Lubricants. In addition to enjoying a strong relationship with Chevron, Sandri was an authorized distributor of Houghton International, Summit Industrial Products, Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS), CAM2 and Total lubricating oils.

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