Dale Tile Acquires Pollux Manufacturing

July 22, 2010

Dale Tile Company has acquired Pollux Manufacturing, Inc., a fabrication company producing a variety of natural granite and engineered stone products. The transaction closed on June 30.

As part of the deal, Dale Tile will acquire Pollux’s granite and DuPont Zodiaq hard surfaces manufacturing facility in Minneapolis. Pollux produces a variety of manmade and natural stone surfaces for the mass market, including retailers such as Home Depot.

“We are delighted to welcome such an excellent team and add not only expanded product offerings, but a first-rate manufacturing facility to our family of companies,” said Alan Dale, president of Dale Tile Company. “The addition of Pollux opens the doors to new market potential and increased growth opportunities.”

According to Joe Balthazor, founder of Pollux and CEO of its sister company, Hallmark Building Supplies, Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., the transaction gives Hallmark the ability to focus its resources solely on its growing marketing and distribution business for DuPont Corian, DuPont Zodiaq, DuPont Tyvek and Nichiha fiber cement products.

Dale Tile also owns Minnesota Tile and Stone (MTS), a ceramic tile distributor and custom natural stone fabricating company that produces high-end custom stone countertops and surfaces. Plans call for relocating MTS fabrication and staff to the 35,000-sq.-ft. Pollux plant in Minneapolis, which will be renovated to include the addition of a showroom, new office space and a remodeled plant area.

Pollux will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Dale Tile and will operate as Pollux, LLC under its current management team. Dale Tile has rehired all Pollux plant employees.

Dale Tile Co. is a Minneapolis-based employee and family-owned tile and stone business that dates back to 1930. Today, the business also includes Dale Properties and Stonehenge USA, a real estate development company.
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