C.R. Laurence Australia Pty Ltd. (CRL), a supplier to the glazing, architectural, railing and construction industries, among others, announced the acquisition of the operating assets of Neil Bennett and Company PtyLtd. The company is known as Glass and Glazing Hardware (GGH), located in Canning Vale, Western Australia.

“GGH was founded in 1983 by Neil Bennett and has grown to be a well-known supplier to the glazing industry throughout Australia,” says, David Bremner, managing director of C.R. Laurence Pty Ltd. “Neil built a tremendous company and we’ve been trading partners for many years. We are very proud that GGH is now a part of the CRL family.”

With the acquisition, CRL plans to immediately bring the two companies’ combined product lines to the Australian market. Bremner adds, “CRL is very proud that all the employees of GGH will be staying on, including Mick Mahony, who will act as operations manager. Neil Bennett will also stay on during the transition period. We are very excited about this acquisition and the respective expansion of our Australian operations.”

Lloyd Talbert, president of CRL in the United States, says the new acquisition “continues our endeavors to become a full-service provider to the glazing industry throughout Australia. We first entered the Australian market in 2006 with the acquisition of CRL North Australia PtyLtd. in Sydney, and then improved our position in 2009 with the acquisition of Australian Glass Tools in Melbourne. With this latest expansion, we’ve established a firm foothold in the important Western Australian market.”

As part of the CRL transition, the new Canning Vale facility will feature shipping equipment and computer systems for delivery. Customers will also be able to pick up their orders on-site, and visit the showroom.