Sika, a waterproofing and specialty construction and industrial materials company, has acquired expansion joint and precompressed sealant manufacturer EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd.

According to a release from EMSEAL, “customer-focus, service and customized solutions leveraged through broad sales partnerships define the company’s success in structural expansion joint sealing. In this acquisition EMSEAL has found common ground on its core values and the cultural synergies could not be better for both EMSEAL and Sika.”

“EMSEAL’s excellent brand, reputation, distribution and representation partnerships, and unique approach to the market, make it an ideal fit for Sika,” says executive vice president, Rick Montani. “In addition we see EMSEAL continuing to operate as a stand-alone business unit, while taking advantage of the many synergies, sales strengths and technology integration opportunities that this partnership presents.”

The EMSEAL management team of CEO Lester Hensley, president Dan O’Hayer, and vice president and director of research and development Bill Witherspoon, along with their entire respective marketing, sales, administration and manufacturing managers and staff will continue under Sika’s ownership.

“We have been fortunate to have had such supportive ownership over the last nine years under private equity firm Fulham & Company,” says Hensley. “We are equally pleased to be joining the Sika family, and feel this is absolutely the best fit for the next exciting stage in EMSEAL’s global growth plan.”

EMSEAL has recently expanded its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing operation into a new 156,000 SF facility in Toronto, Canada and will continue to operate administration, sales and engineered product manufacturing activities out of its Boston-area headquarters in Westborough, Mass.