Viking was founded in 1980 by 2014 PMP Hall of Famer Ed Bradbury and his wife, Eileen. Their sons Ryan and Dan Bradbury will remain with the company as president and vice president, respectively. Ed Bradbury will remain on as a consultant. Viking will continue to operate under its current brand as part of the Anticimex Group. The acquisition is part of Anticimex’s strategy to expand in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Including the acquisition of Viking, Anticimex has made a total of five acquisitions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia in the last 12 months, including American Pest, Bug Doctor, GreenStar Termite and Pest and R&K Pest Control.
“We identified Viking early on as a premier, high-quality company with a stellar reputation in the industry and outstanding track record of growth,” says Jarl Dahlfors, CEO and president of Anticimex Group. “Viking has developed a strong, dynamic and visionary leadership team. I look forward to working together with Ryan and the team to realize the full potential of Viking and seeing it prosper as part of Anticimex. The acquisition of Viking represents a major step in our ambition to build a strong operation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.”
“The sale of our family business is a decision that affects every branch in your family tree, including our employees that really are an integral part of our family, and we did not take it lightly,” says Ryan Bradbury. “The opportunity that Anticimex provided us was truly unique and came at the right time. We know Viking will still feel like home for everyone here, because Anticimex clearly recognizes the exceptional value of our company and our employees. We look forward to working hand in hand with the Anticimex team to grow Viking going forward, and we feel very confident that the future will be promising and beneficial for both our loyal customers and employees.”