QualaTampa, Fla.-based Quala, a North American leader in industrial container cleaning, said it has acquired Alpha Technical Services (ATS).

Operating from a strategically located 23-acre facility in Pasadena, Texas, ATS offers container cleaning solutions for both hazardous and non-hazardous bulk containers. It specializes in difficult to clean products in railcars, tank trailers and ISO containers. ATS complements its cleaning capabilities with full-service rail car maintenance and environmental service divisions.

“By adding ATS and its experienced management team we have expanded our position in the railcar and specialty cleaning platforms,’’ said Mike Bauer, Quala’s chief executive. “This acquisition will allow Quala to utilize and expand upon the current ATS tank trailer cleaning capabilities.

“ATS is the perfect catalyst to support Quala in expanding our railcar service model, as we further our vision to become a more diversified container cleaning company, serving the petrochemical industry.’’

Mike Howerton, president of ATS, said: “It was important for us at ATS to partner with a group that shared our core values for their employees and customers. We knew from the beginning that the Quala management team was the right fit. We are very excited about the growth opportunities this move will provide for the ATS team as we strive to enhance our employee and customer experiences.’’

ATS plans to “expand and improve its facilities, processes and capabilities to better serve  customers,’’ Howerton added.

Quala will operate the bulk tank-trailer cleaning division – formerly known as ATS Express Services – under its nationally recognized Quala Sustainable Container Solutions brand. Under the Quala umbrella, ATS will continue to operate the railcar cleaning and repair divisions, field services and specialty container services.

Quala was advised by Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. and financing was provided by PSP Investments Credit USA, among others.

Quala provides various services, including tank-truck cleaning, railcar cleaning and maintenance, ISO container services, IBC cleaning, testing, and reconditioning services. Quala’s operates a network of industrial cleaning and waste-water treatment facilities in more than 70 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Further information is available at www.quala.us.com.

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