DECATUR,Il., May 9, 2017 – As R.V. Evans celebrates its 80th year, the Decatur-based family business — a leader in packaging and fastening solutions —announces the acquisition of Merit Packaging Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri.
Merit Packaging has delivered quality packaging materials and solutions since 1978.
“Joining forces with Merit Packaging will further elevate our presence in the Greater Kansas City area and enhance our ability to deliver integrated packaging and fastening solutions and services in the region,” says President Kelly Evans.
Further endorsing this newfound partnership, Vice President T.C. Evans states, “Merit Packaging has its own rich history and specialties that complement those at R.V. Evans. We look forward to combining our years of experience to see what we can accomplish together.”
From its early Central Illinois origins in 1937, the R.V. Evans Company has evolved into a full-service distributor of industrial packaging and fastening systems.The company serves manufacturing, wholesale and construction industries, as well as global partners throughout the world.
For decades, R.V. Evans introduced innovative solutions that revolutionized the industry — from carton-closing staplers in the 1950s to present-day total automation solutions. Today, the company specializes in identifying cost-saving process improvements and is recognized for its award-winning technical service knowledge and support.
R.V. Evans sales and service teams are backed by operations strategically located in 11 Midwestern states, stretching from Colorado to Ohio. Merit Packaging is the sixth acquisition completed by R.V.Evans since 1998 in pursuit of the company’s aggressive growth initiatives. The last acquisition was announced in 2014, when the company acquired a specialty marking and coding division of Indianapolis-based Linc Systems.“We look back with gratitude and pride as our family business celebrates 80 years of innovation,” says Kelly Evans. “We are truly grateful and wish to thank all of our employees, partners and customers for helping R.V. Evans Company thrive for eight decades.”