New ThermoServ (NTL), a manufacturer of tableware, has completed the acquisition of Gessner Products Company, a producer of tabletop products.
NTL is a longstanding domestic manufacturer of plastic drinkware, and more recently, melamine dinnerware, operating in the retail channel as ThermoServ, and in the foodservice market as Prolon.
Both the ThermoServ and Prolon brands tout a full line of American-made, high-quality melamine dinnerware and Tritan drinkware products, geared towards consumer and commercial use.
The company said: “NTL is currently positioned as the sole domestic manufacturer of melamine dinnerware and complimentary plastic drinkware products, and the Gessner acquisition further expands the company’s capabilities and growth opportunities in its core channels.”
Gessner Products has been serving the foodservice and retail industries for over 60 years and are a manufacturer of melamine and SAN smallware items that include ramekins, rarebits, bowls and serving dishes.
In recent years, the company also expanded into additional tabletop product lines including the polycarbonate drinkware brand Blazun and peppermill brand Mr Dudley.
For NTL, the acquisition of Gessner presents an opportunity to merge the operations and manufacturing capabilities of the only two domestic melamine providers in the US.
The Gessner line of small wares will be folded into the Prolon tableware brand, resulting in a combined product portfolio that will offer foodservice customers a comprehensive suite of tabletop products.
Tom Neth, NTL’s president, said: “NTL is pleased to bring together resources and technologies of both the Prolon and Gessner brands with this acquisition. By merging two leaders in domestic tableware, this transaction creates an ideal synergy for both us and our foodservice customers.
“We believe this step will strengthen our ability to serve commercial businesses with a full line of high-quality, domestically manufactured casual dinnerware, serving ware, small wares and drinkware. Which in today’s political and economic environment, is a much-needed option for businesses across all industries.”