HOUSTON –

U.S. Zinc announced today it will launch a new national distribution strategy for its zinc oxide division through an alliance with the Azelis Americas Distribution Group, Stamford, Conn. The new approach, which will go into effect as soon as contracts permit, will streamline points of contact for customers across the U.S. The alliance will utilize Azelis Americas’s national footprint of regional distribution companies, thereby creating logistical efficiencies and an optimized supply chain.

“Our main priority is providing our customers with the highest quality products and services,” said U.S. Zinc Vice President of Commercial Tracy Baugh. “To deliver upon that commitment, we realized we could secure greater efficiencies by consolidating our zinc oxide distribution network within the United States. We will work closely with our customers, Azelis Americas and its distribution companies, and our existing distributors to ensure a seamless transition over the next few months.”

Azelis Americas has five regional, independent distribution companies covering the U.S.: Monson Companies, Inc. (New England); GMZ (Ohio Valley/Midwest); Ribelin Sales, Inc. (Southwest); EW Kaufmann (Northeast/Mid-Atlantic); and PT Hutchins (West). In addition to Azelis Americas, U.S. Zinc will continue to rely on other select zinc oxide distributors across the country, including Lintech International for the Southeast region and HB Chemical and Akrochem for rubber. Previously, U.S. Zinc worked with over 15 zinc oxide distributors to cover the same territories.

“We are thrilled to partner with U.S. Zinc, whom we believe to be a premier provider of zinc oxide. We have the experience, the national footprint via our regional companies and the technically trained team to ensure the transition and qualification process is smooth for our customers,” said Azelis Americas Distribution Group President and CEO Frank Bergonzi. “We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to working with U.S. Zinc and the customer base.”

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 Azelis Americas Distribution Group

Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Koda Distribution Group is a leader in specialty chemical distribution via five regional companies: EW Kaufmann in Pennsylvania; GMZ in Ohio; Ribelin Sales, Inc. in Texas; Monson Companies, Inc. in Massachusetts; and P.T. Hutchins in California.

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