Bonsal American

Bonsal American Acquires Surface Coatings Company

Bonsal American, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Surface Coatings Company, Inc., based in Auburn Hills, Mich., a manufacturer of asphalt pavement maintenance products for use by commercial contractors on asphalt surfaces surrounding retail, residential and industrial properties. With the acquisition, Bonsal American expands its presence in the Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario market areas. Bonsal American has an existing Michigan location in New Boston.

“The acquisition fits very well with our long-term growth strategy. It will provide our existing customers with a greater depth of expertise in sealcoat, crack sealant and other solutions for pavement maintenance,” said David Maske, President of Bonsal American. “Additionally, it provides our new team members from Surface Coatings with access to GemSeal’s network of plants, R&D focus and new customers.” 

Bonsal American’s Pavement Maintenance Division (PMD) manufactures specialty pavement coatings and other GemSeal-branded products from nine plants that service the 32 eastern most states.

During 2013, PMD will merge its existing Michigan sealer production in New Boston into the Surface Coatings plant. The existing site will remain active as a southern Detroit distribution point to service an active base of drive-up business. Doug Lorkowski, GemSeal’s Michigan area manager, will continue to service his customer base after the acquisition.

The newly combined operation is headed by Surface Coatings’ Lee Lowis, who is the new Territory General Manager. John Camburn, the former president of Surface Coatings, has accepted the position of Strategic Advisor reporting to Jeff Lax. Camburn will support the integration of Surface Coatings into Bonsal American and the implementation of strategic initiatives.

To ease the customer transition to new ownership, Bonsal American plans to continue using the Surface Coatings name in the marketplace. Customers may continue contacting their established GemSeal and Surface Coatings representatives.