Kamps Closes John Rock Deal

January 11, 2023

Kamps closed the strategic acquisition of the business of John Rock, a multi-entity organization based in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Specializing in the complete value chain management of the pallet manufacturing process, the Rock possesses industry-leading capabilities in lumber milling, logistics, and new and recycled pallet manufacturing. The transaction marks Kamps’ 15th strategic acquisition since 2019 when Freeman Spogli & Co. (“Freeman Spogli”) acquired majority ownership of the Company.

The Rock was established in 1973 in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania by founder John Rock. In 1997, the organization was acquired by current president, Bill MacCauley. Under MacCauley’s leadership, the organization has become a world-class new pallet manufacturer and an industry leader in operations and automation. The organization’s new pallet manufacturing operations are housed in a state-of-the-art 300,000+ square foot facility and manufacture over half a million new pallets per month. The Rock’s vertically integrated supply chain and lumber mill capabilities provide a unique support system to the organization, allowing for a consistent supply of high-quality timber and raw materials. The Rock has over 65 tractors and over 200 trailers in its expansive fleet, enabling the organization to service customers in nine states across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern seaboard. All of the Rock’s 300 employees, across five facilities, are planned to remain with Kamps. This includes the organization’s senior leadership team, led by President Bill MacCauley.

I am very pleased to have Bill MacCauley and his company join our Kamps team. I have known and respected Bill for 25 years. During this time, he has built the best new pallet manufacturing site in the country. The Rock’s world-class operation and team will enable Kamps to continue to service our valuable nationwide customer base and enhance our reputation as the premier pallet company in North America.

Kamps CEO, Bernie Kamps

Bill MacCauley has built an all-star team and a premier new pallet manufacturing company. The depth and breadth of our comprehensive product and service line has been significantly elevated to new heights with the addition of the Rock. The Rock’s ability to source new lumber is second to none, and will aid in supporting our existing facilities. Lastly, our new pallet sales team will bring new growth opportunities to the table for Bill and his team.

Kamps President, Mitchell Kamps

We are pleased to join the Kamps organization and expand our operations in the pallet, sawmill, and logistics business. The Kamps organization offers significant opportunities for our customers, suppliers, and employees. I have known the Kamps family for over 25 years, and consider it an honor to add the Rock team to the nation’s most forward-thinking pallet organization.

the Rock President, Bill MacCauley

This is a transformative opportunity for both organizations, and creates a true leader in the industry offering a differentiated and comprehensive suite of pallet solutions to their combined customer base.

Freeman Spogli President and COO, Jon Ralph

Kamps’ acquisition of the business of the Rock is expected to yield benefits to the customers and vendors of both organizations. The Rock’s comprehensive value-chain capabilities will provide vital support at all stages to Kamps’ existing operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and across its broader geographic footprint. The combination of the Rock’s world-class new pallet manufacturing operations with Kamps’ pallet recycling capabilities creates a one-of-a-kind, streamlined full service pallet solution. Kamps’ strong nationwide pallet network will in turn provide additional support to the Rock’s existing customer base on a national level. The addition of the Rock grows Kamps’ national presence to 60 company-owned locations, supported by over 8,000 trailers and over 4,000 employees.

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