Atlanta, Ga.-based Rollins Inc., a global consumer and commercial services company, through one of its subsidiaries, finalized the acquisition of Europest Environmental Services, based in Caerphilly, South Wales, United Kingdom, in early June.
Andrew Housley founded Europest in 2001 with three former colleagues: Richard Edwards, Morgan Francis and Lee Davison. Over time, Europest grew into one of the largest independent companies in the area, employing 26 staff members with clients extending from West and Mid Wales, through South Wales and around the Bristol and Gloucester areas of England.
“We are very proud of all we have achieved, and the business continues to grow. But being part of a larger group offers both the staff and the business greater opportunities,” Housley said in a news release. “Europest has always been run very much as a family operation and the fact that Rollins also has that ‘family feel’ to it appealed to me too.”
“The acquisition of Europest extends our coverage into Wales and strengthens our footprint in the Avon and Gloucestershire area,” said Caspar Appeldoorn, managing director of Rollins International for Europe and the Middle East. “Andrew and his team have established a first-class business and we are delighted to welcome them into our well-established family of businesses. We have already identified areas of synergy where, as a partnership, we can further grow together. We are delighted Andrew will remain with the business as divisional director.”
Europest is the latest addition to the growing number of Rollins companies in the United Kingdom. This began with the acquisition of Safeguard Pest Control in 2016. Since then, Rollins has acquired AMES Group, Kestrel Pest Control, Baroque Pest Services, the Guardian Group, Albany Environmental, Van Vynck Environmental, Enviropest, IPM and NBC Environment.