ILC Dover Acquires Grayling Industries

A Mutual Focus on Customer's Current and Emerging Needs Coupled with Innovation and Manufacturing Synergies will Propel Both Companies

Jan 08, 2013, 08:30 ET from ILC Dover





FREDERICA, Del., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ILC Dover, designer and manufacturer of space suits for NASA and a wide range of government and industrial engineered fabric and film products, announced today it has acquired Grayling Industries, a leading producer of advanced industrial packaging products and environmental safety products.  As the maker of Guardian™ protective packaging for food, chemical, and pharmaceutical dry powder and liquid applications, Grayling works with its industrial clients to deliver custom fit liners and other solutions to enhance transportation and processing efficiency.   It also manufactures the leading brands for the asbestos abatement and remediation industry worldwide including Avail™ glove bags, D-Con™ decontamination enclosures, and Control™ chemicals.

The addition of Grayling's extensive line of advanced packaging solutions will strengthen ILC's market-leading position in the global pharmaceutical powder containment market while ILC's extensive engineering, testing, and materials development competencies will allow Grayling to develop new and exciting solutions for its industrial packaging and asbestos abatement customers. 

"During the acquisition and due diligence process it was very rewarding and encouraging to see how aligned Grayling and ILC Dover are in focusing on the present and emerging needs of their customers. Grayling has a history of exceeding the expectations of their customers and this is in line with how ILC operates," said William Wallach, CEO of ILC Dover. 

Ben Greene, Marketing Manager for Grayling, stated, "I'm very excited about the added capabilities ILC Dover will bring to the Grayling organization.  Their expertise in materials and system level designs coupled with a relentless focus on reliability will be a real asset to Grayling and our customers."

ILC Dover LP is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.  Grayling Industries will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of ILC Dover.


About ILC Dover

Since 1947, ILC Dover has provided engineered solutions to complex customer problems, serving the aerospace, personal protection and pharmaceutical industries. Known for production of space suits for NASA, ILC is a world leader in the use of high-performance flexible materials, allowing for unique solutions to meet customer needs. ILC's innovative products have been used on the moon, on Mars and around the globe.

To view ILC Dover's innovative solutions for worker safety, please visit our website at for PPE solutions and for flexible containment solutions.

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About Grayling

Grayling Industries is a manufacturer of specialized products for industrial applications. Markets served are industrial packaging and environmental safety. Primary products are intermediate bulk containers and liners and products for contamination control on asbestos abatement projects. Brands include: Guardian™ IBC container liners for liquid and dry applications, PaperIBC™ containers and Avail™ glovebags, Control™ chemicals, D-Con™ disposable showers and Durapax™ disposal Bags for asbestos abatement.

About Behrman Capital

Based in New York City and San Francisco, Behrman Capital was founded in 1991 by Grant G. and Darryl G. Behrman.  The firm invests in management buyouts, leveraged buildups and recapitalizations of established growth businesses.  The company's investments are primarily focused in five industries: health care, specialty manufacturing, business to business outsourcing, defense and information technology.  The firm has raised five funds with a combined capital base in excess of $3.0 billion. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

For ILC Dover: Christian Scarborough 512-244-7088

For Behrman Capital: James David or Mark Semer, Kekst and Company, 212-521-4800