NORTH HAVEN, Conn.--(Macalaster Bicknell of Connecticut, one of America’s original suppliers to the chemical, clinical, university, government, quality assurance and pharmaceutical markets. Tim Grogan and Chris Lope, both formerly in executive management at VWR International, LLC, have taken the helm as Co-Owners and Managing Partners of Macalaster Bicknell. Their private equity joint venture was formalized in July. Since then the new owners have been upgrading physical and IT infrastructure, including a streamlined ecommerce platform that utilizes customer feedback and digital marketing best practices. When their next-gen ecommerce website goes live later this fall, users will find that it is designed to provide a distinguishable customer experience. Macalaster Bicknell provides US-based scientists with labware, consumables, test and measurement equipment, tools and products that are essential to research, and cleanroom operations. To position Macalaster Bicknell for growth, they have relocated the Headquarters and Distribution Center to North Haven, CT near the intersection of I-91 and I-95, with easier access to New England, New York, and the Delaware Valley.)--Two veteran laboratory supply executives have acquired
“A handshake never goes out of style, but it can and should coexist with the reliance on technology to make the business of science simpler, less time consuming, and headache-free for researchers”
Founded in 1920, Macalaster Bicknell has long been known within industry circles as ‘Mac Bick.’ It operated as a successful, two-generation family business known for high-touch, old-fashioned customer service. The Company’s reputation for longstanding customer relationships, high quality products, combined with the professional appeal of having greater control to transform a smaller organization attracted these two longtime lab supply marketers to buy the Company. Mac Bick’s previous owners chose them over several prospective suitors.
“A handshake never goes out of style, but it can and should coexist with the reliance on technology to make the business of science simpler, less time consuming, and headache-free for researchers,” explained co-owner Tim Grogan. “For decades we have heard that lab procurement officers and principal investigators have wanted their suppliers to work as they need them to— this is precisely what we aim to deliver at the new Macalaster Bicknell.”
The new owners are bringing the stalwart Northeast-based lab supplier into a new competitive era at a time when analysts are optimistic about growth by niche and regional companies in this sector. Their transformation of Mac Bick is reflected in new, smart logistics and supply chain technologies, an improved multi-platform ‘responsive’ website, and expansion of the Company’s product portfolio. The Company supplies products from a wide range of world-class brands, including; Kimble Chase, Wheaton Industries, Nalgene, Eppendorf, Celltreat, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Binder, Biotix, Alconox, and Labconco, among a growing list. The ‘new’ Macalaster Bicknell accepts both credit and P-cards for customer convenience and purchase flexibility. Call Toll Free: 855-MAC-BICK.
About Macalaster Bicknell (www.macbick.com, Twitter: @macbick): Macalaster Bicknell is among America’s original suppliers of laboratory products and equipment to the chemical, clinical, university, government, quality assurance and pharmaceutical markets. In July 2012, Mac Bick was acquired by Logan Enterprises, LLC— a private equity firm of lab supply veterans who will take the company into its second century with a new ERP platform, mobile purchasing and custom ecommerce capabilities that simplify the business side of science. Macalaster Bicknell’s Headquarters and US Distribution are now located at: 78 Rebeschi Drive, North Haven, CT, convenient to the intersection of Routes I-91 and I-95. Macalaster Bicknell is a GSA-registered supplier under approximately 20 Federal NAISC Codes. The main, toll-free phone is: 855-MAC-BICK.