Leading Regional Packaging Companies Form the Novvia Group

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A group of leading regional packing companies backed by Kelso & Company including Inmark, C.L. Smith, Silver Spur and Container Supply have united to form The Novvia Group, a leader in high-quality packaging solutions with domestic and international customers across a wide range of industries.

Derived from the Latin words novus (new) and via (way), Novvia Group represents a commitment to setting a new industry standard as a national stocking distributor with trusted local relationships and a comprehensive suite of customized products and services. The company today formally introduced its new corporate brand identity and website at www.novviagroup.com.

“Already unified by our shared values, industry-leading talent and passion for best-in-class customer service, our family of great companies will now be further united by a dynamic holding company name and brand identity,” said Sarah Macdonald, CEO of Novvia Group and President of C.L. Smith. “While Novvia Group provides an appropriate level of corporate identity, our individual company names will remain and, indeed, be championed to leverage the local and personalized service that has led to deep and lasting customer loyalty over many decades.”

“We are extremely pleased to have brought together this outstanding group of companies under the Novvia Group brand,” said Alec Hufnagel and Sandy Osborne, Managing Directors at Kelso. “We remain firmly committed to continued investment in support of Novvia’s growth, both organically and through additional acquisitions, in order to further expand the company’s national presence and product offerings across a wide range of end markets.”

About Novvia Group

The Novvia Group is a leader in high-quality packaging solutions and customized services with domestic and international customers across myriad industries. Through its family of dynamic companies, comprised of Inmark, C.L. Smith, Silver Spur and Container Supply, Novvia has set a new industry standard as a national stocking distributor with a comprehensive suite of containers and supplies, trusted local relationships and 40+ years of best-in-class customer service. Please visit www.novviagroup.com

About Inmark

For over 45 years, Inmark has been a trusted source for rigid container, temperature-controlled, specimen transport, used medical device, and dangerous goods packaging. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA with locations in Europe, Asia, and North America, Inmark has become a respected leader in developing packaging solutions for businesses globally. For more information, please visit www.inmarkpackaging.com.

About C.L. Smith

C.L. Smith is a premier rigid packaging manufacturer and provider with more than 45 years of industry experience. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, C.L. Smith provides full stocking distribution, custom packaging design and manufacturing, and turnkey hazardous material shipping solutions. Exceptional customer care and service are core to C.L. Smith’s operational philosophy and corporate culture. For more information, please visit www.clsmith.com.

About Silver Spur

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Cerritos, CA, Silver Spur supplies a specialty portfolio of high-quality glass and plastic bottles, jars, caps, and closures to a variety of end markets. Silver Spur has developed a large, diverse, and growing customer base with numerous direct and distribution relationships throughout the U.S. For more information, please visit www.silverspurcorp.com.

About Container Supply

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Container Supply is a distributor of cans, drums, pails, bottles, and other rigid packaging products serving a variety of customers and end markets. Container Supply has developed long-tenured customer relationships and provides high levels of service via its 50,000 square foot warehouse and national supplier base. Container Supply’s existing team will remain in place to drive the company’s next phase of growth. www.csiokc.com

About Kelso

Kelso is one of the oldest and most established firms specializing in private equity investing. Since 1980, Kelso has invested over $15 billion of equity capital in 132 transactions. Kelso was founded by the inventor of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and, as a result, the principles of partnership and alignment of interest serve as the foundation of the firm’s investment philosophy. Kelso benefits from a successful investment track record, deep sector expertise, a long-tenured and stable investing team, and a reputation as a preferred partner to management teams and corporate partners. Kelso has significant experience investing in and supporting high-growth distribution and packaging platforms. The firm is based in New York, NY. For more information, please visit www.kelso.com.