G&K Services, Inc.

G&K Services, Inc.

October 19, 2005 07:30 ET

G&K Services Announces Acquisition in Canada and U.S.; Acquisition Expands G&K's Canadian Leadership Position; Adds Cleanroom Business

MINNEAPOLIS--(CCNMatthews - Oct 19, 2005) -

G&K Services Canada, Inc., a leading provider of industrial laundry services in Canada and a subsidiary of G&K Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKSRA), today announced the acquisition of certain assets from Glis, a division of Glascar, Ltd, and Glis Laundries USA, Inc. Glis is a textile laundry company serving southwest Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Glis Laundries USA, Inc. operates a cleanroom business servicing customers in St. Louis, Missouri.

"We are pleased to announce this acquisition," said Robert Wood, president, G&K Services Canada, Inc. "The addition of Glis strengthens our presence in these markets and leverages our existing capacity in Canada. We welcome Glis' customers and employees to G&K."

The acquisition, which adds approximately $6.0 to $7.0 million (U.S.) in annual revenue, expands G&K's uniform rental and facility services business in Canada. The acquisition also increases G&K's cleanroom business in North America.

"We continue to seek strategic acquisitions across North America," said Richard Marcantonio, G&K's president and chief executive officer. "In Canada, we have significantly enhanced our leadership position through market expansion activities and acquisitions."

Due to a confidentiality agreement with the sellers, the purchase price cannot be disclosed. No further details were made available.

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Some of the factors that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations include, but are not limited to, the following: unforeseen operating risks; the effects of overall economic conditions and employment; fluctuations in costs of insurance and energy; acquisition integration costs; the performance of acquired businesses; preservation of positive labor relationships; competition, including pricing, within the corporate identity apparel and facility services industry; and the availability of capital to finance planned growth. Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect future financial results is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 2, 2005.

About G&K Services, Inc.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, G&K Services, Inc. is a market leader in branded identity apparel programs and facility services in the United States, and is the largest such provider in Canada. G&K operates over 140 processing facilities and branch offices, serving more than 160,000 customers.

Contact Information

  • G&K Services, Inc.
    Jeffrey L. Wright, 952-912-5500
    Glenn L. Stolt, 952-912-5500
    Shayn R. Carlson, 952-912-5500
    G&K Services Canada, Inc.
    Media Contact:
    Robert Wood, 905-677-6161