U.S. Zinc Expands Relationship with KODA Distribution Group
June 16, 2014 -
HOUSTON – U.S. Zinc officials announced today the expansion of its relationship with KODA Distribution Group (KDG) through the increase of Ribelin’s territory to include the Southeast region. This now provides U.S. Zinc coast-to-coast coverage for the CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers) market by KDG companies, which include EW Kaufmann in the Northeast, GMZ in the Midwest, PT Hutchins on the West Coast and Ribelin in the Southwest and Southeast.
“As the global market leader in zinc oxide, our priority is making sure our customers are well served with stable supply, efficient distribution and streamlined processes,” said U.S. Zinc President Rodrigo Daud. “As a result, we have expanded, and continue to expand, our facilities to provide reliable supply. We depend on KODA to consistently deliver on its commitment to provide excellent distribution services across the nation. Now, based on KODA’s capability and Ribelin’s expertise in the Southwest, it is only natural to extend the Southeast territory to Ribelin. Together, we are delivering the critical elements to ensure our and our customers’ success.”
In 2013, U.S. Zinc launched a new national distribution strategy, consolidating its distribution network to more effectively and efficiently serve its customers. Under this strategy, U.S. Zinc aligned with KDG and HB Chemical as its two national partners, in addition to key specialty distributors, to serve the entire zinc oxide market.
“Our partnership with U.S. Zinc is a success story and reinforces how well the KDG model works,” said KODA Distribution Group CEO and President Frank Bergonzi.
KODA CASE President Dan Gruber adds, “U.S Zinc’s high-quality products, along with our technically experienced sales force, technical labs and attention to customer needs, make for a perfect partnership. We are committed to U.S. Zinc and look forward to providing our excellent sales and technical resources to CASE customers.”
About U.S. Zinc
Headquartered in Houston, U.S. Zinc is a worldwide manufacturer, recycler and supplier of zinc oxide, zinc dust, zinc metal and zinc fines. With plants in North America, South America and Asia, the company is an affiliate of Brazilian-based Votorantim Metais, one of the five largest zinc producers in the world.
About KODA Distribution Group
KODA Distribution Group (KDG) is the leader in specialty chemical distribution in North America. KDG is comprised of 11 companies organized around industry verticals servicing focused markets in the United States and Canada. All share similar approaches to their respective markets: deep technical expertise and market knowledge; a service platform that includes marketing and product management; a network of technical application labs to support customers; a focus on customer intimacy; and an absolute devotion to customer service. KDG is headquartered in Stamford, Conn.