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Dunedin backed OSS Group makes acquisition

By Dunedin,  October 21,2011

Buy & Build acquisition will strengthen the firms’ regional footprint and broaden its service offering.

OSS Group, one of the largest waste management companies in the UK specialising in hazardous garage and workshop waste, backed by Dunedin, the mid-market private equity house, has acquired the Nottingham based Hall and Campey for an undisclosed sum. This represents the fourth buy & build transaction undertaken by a Dunedin backed business in the current quarter, as Dunedin continues to drive value across its portfolio.

OSS is particularly known in the waste industry for its collection of waste mineral oils, which it recycles into a Processed Fuel Oil product called Gen3™. Hall and Campey is a well-established waste oil collection business primarily operating in the Midlands and East Anglia; also specialising in garage waste, secure destruction of redundant materials and plastic recycling. It operates out of two depots in Nottingham, employing 31 people.

Dougal Bennett, a Director of Dunedin who sits on the board of OSS, said: “There were a number of compelling reasons to complete this transaction. It not only strengthens the OSS footprint across the UK, it also broadens its service offering, helping to diversify the business and build on its successes achieved to date.

“The sector offers opportunities for consolidation and we will be looking carefully at how we can continue to help OSS grow in this way.”

According to OSS’s Group Managing Director Iain Lees, “Adding the regional strength of Hall and Campey to our existing national service creates a much stronger organisation in terms of total UK coverage. It operates similar services to OSS and will continue very much as now but with the benefit of the OSS infrastructure and market leading Gen3™ technology.”

The plastics recycling and secure materials destruction operated by Hall and Campey will be developed by OSS, with the intention of extending these services nationally.

“Key to this acquisition” says Iain Lees “is that the waste oil collected from Hall and Campey’s customer base can now be used by OSS to produce our Gen3™ processed fuel oil. We are experiencing a high demand for this high quality recovered fuel so additional feedstock is a considerable benefit. We will continue to invest in securing further waste oil streams and further innovative technological solutions to provide market leading products.” 

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