Dexter Apache Holdings Acquires Crystal Group, Inc August 02, 2011
Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. an Iowa based company with diverse interests in manufacturing, financial services and distribution has acquired 100% of the interests of Crystal Group, Inc. headquartered in Hiawatha, Iowa. Founded in 1987 by Craig Jensen, Crystal is a leading manufacturer of information technology hardware for high impact, demanding environments including the military. Among the “rugged” products offered by Crystal are servers, storage devices, displays and integration hardware. In addition to the military, Crystal serves the telecommunications industry and numerous other industries where highly reliable and durable technology products are required.
The acquisition of Crystal further diversifies Dexter Apache Holdings portfolio of companies and leverages it’s competencies as a manufacturer of high quality, highly engineered products. Patrick D. Albregts, President and CEO of Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. commented, “We are extremely pleased to have Crystal Group, Inc. join our family of companies. Crystal will serve as an important growth engine for Dexter Apache Holdings and allow us to leverage a number of important synergies between our companies while adding further diversification to our business. They are also a great complement to the ownership culture we have here at Dexter Apache.”
Crystal will remain headquartered in Hiawatha, Iowa. Scott Kongable, President of Crystal will continue to lead the business. Craig Jensen, Chairman and CEO will retire from the business. Jensen commented, “I am very happy to have partnered with Dexter Apache Holdings as it will allow all Crystal employees to become owners in the business and ensure that Crystal remains a vibrant and successful part of the Hiawatha business community”.
Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1894 as The Dexter Company in Dexter, Iowa, and currently is headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa. In addition to Crystal, Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. owns five other businesses. Dexter Laundry, Inc. is located in Fairfield, Iowa and is a leading manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment for self service laundromats, hotels, motels, hospitals, universities and care giving facilities. Leer, Inc. is headquartered in New Lisbon, Wisconsin and is a leading manufacturer of ice merchandisers and walk in freezers and coolers. Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation is located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and provides stainless steel tanks and food processing equipment to a variety of industries. Dexter Financial Services, Inc. is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is a full service provider of financial products for Dexter Laundry customers. Century Laundry Distributing, Inc. also located in Cedar Rapids, distributes commercial laundry equipment primarily in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. is owned 100% by its employees through an ESOP.
About Dexter Laundry
Dexter Laundry, Inc. is an employee owned manufacturer based in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Founded in 1894, the company has grown to offer a full line of front load washers, drying tumblers, Easy Card systems, and equipment financing serving the on-premise and commercial laundry industries. All products are American made at Dexter's Midwest headquarters where employees work to engineer, manufacture, sell and support our best in class laundry products around the world. Learn more at www.dexterlaundry.com or call 800.524.2954 to find your local Dexter Authorized Distributor.