Partnership is at the heart of our business at GracoRoberts. On May 1, 2019, Graco Supply Company completed its acquisition of E.V. Roberts to create the largest niche specialty chemicals distributor to serve the North American aerospace market. At that time, a new partnership was created to offer our customers and suppliers access to a larger portfolio of products in more locations and custom value-added services to support your evolving needs.
Graco Supply Company was founded in 1959 and has been a nationally recognized leader in the supply of adhesives, sealants, coatings, lubricants, tapes and MRO products to the aircraft and industrial markets. In 2002, Graco Supply experienced a change in ownership which allowed the company to focus on innovation and expansion of supply capabilities which has been driven by customer requirements and the ever-changing market demands. In 2015, Graco was acquired by CM Equity Partners and in 2016, sold their Ball Ground aircraft sealant repackaging business assets to Royal Adhesives to focus on expanding its aerospace and defense services. To continue to evolve, it was imperative to acquire a partner who shared the same company values – this partner was E.V. Roberts.
E.V. Roberts was founded in 1938 as Fry and Roberts, with a focus on aerospace electronics distribution. Its founder Ernie Roberts believed in collaborating with manufacturers to solve problems and align strategies to deliver the best products to their end users. Ron Cloud joined E.V. Roberts as CEO in 1993 to continue to build on the legacy Ernie had started. With a focus on technical expertise and impeccable support, the company would evolve to include the distribution of epoxy resins and adhesives, employ an in-house chemist, and develop a custom formulation division that would meet the needs of manufacturing industries for years to come.
On December 30, 2020, GracoRoberts closed the acquisition of Able Aerospace Adhesives to extend our footprint in the international aerospace specialty chemicals market, most prominently in the Asia-Pacific Region. Additionally, the acquisition brings with it another 36 years of aerospace relationships and expertise, with an even deeper concentration in the military and MRO markets, amplifying the company’s already sound position as the largest and most specification-driven aerospace specialty chemicals distributor in North America.
On March 4, 2021, GracoRoberts announced the acquisition of UK-based Silmid to forge the largest aerospace-focused and specification-driven specialty chemicals distributor in the world. This partnership offers the global aerospace community a larger portfolio of products and operational efficiencies in more warehouse locations, a streamlined customer experience through a standards-setting online distribution channel, and value-added services – all in support of the evolving needs of our customer and supplier partners.
On July 27, 2022, GracoRoberts combined with SkyGeek.com to address the evolving needs of our stakeholders by significantly expanding global ecommerce capabilities and our offerings in the MRO segment. With the addition of SkyGeek’s extensive online portfolio of shop and hangar products (including specialty chemicals, avionics and instruments, tools and equipment, and aircraft and engine parts), we now provide the global aerospace community with immediate access to over 100,000 products – with 25,000 in-stock at any given time – an offering that redefines the customer experience and works to ease industry-related supply chain challenges.
Our strategic partnerships, coupled with our own experience, allow us to serve the global aerospace OEM, MRO, and military and defense markets, in addition to various advanced manufacturing industries. We remain responsive to manufacturer and customer needs, and we anticipate – and proactively adapt — to shifts in the marketplace. We take calculated risks to do the right thing, and do things right, for our our partners and customers.
Everyone at GracoRoberts is ready to roll up their sleeves and work with you to come up with a solution that not only meets your needs but exceeds your expectations. Our hands-on approach keeps the market at our fingertips and puts us at the forefront of the industry so that we can deliver for you.