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Imperial Dade Acquires Nichols, Further Expanding Midwest Presence

Transaction Represents 43rd Acquisition for Leading Distributor of Foodservice Packaging and Janitorial Products

JERSEY CITY, N.J. & NORTON SHORES, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, today announced the acquisition of Nichols Paper & Supply (“Nichols” or the “Company”). The transaction represents the 43rd acquisition for Imperial Dade under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, CEO and President of Imperial Dade, respectively. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Norton Shores, MI, Nichols is a leading distributor of janitorial supplies and industrial packaging run by Mike Olthoff, family, and their executive team. With 85 years of experience, the company has built a strong reputation for its knowledgeable sales force, wide breath of products, and high touch customer service.

The addition of Nichols will significantly strengthen Imperial Dade’s existing presence in the Midwest and help better reach customers coast-to-coast. The Imperial Dade platform will operate roughly 100 facilities across the country and solidify its position as the national leader in specialty distribution. By leveraging Imperial Dade’s market leading platform, Nichols’ customers can expect the same exceptional customized service coupled with an even greater offering of products and solutions.

“I would like to enthusiastically welcome Mike and the full Nichols team to Imperial Dade. The commitment to their customers and partners, along with their family first culture, makes the business a great addition to our platform,” said Robert Tillis. “Nichols’ customer centric business approach is aligned with Imperial Dade’s and together we will provide unparalleled service to new and existing customers throughout the Midwest,” said Jason Tillis.

“Imperial Dade’s reputation and family-oriented culture align well with our own philosophy and values. We are excited for the opportunity to continue to expand our business and offerings to give even better service to our customers as part of the Imperial Dade platform,” said Mike Olthoff, CEO of Nichols.

About Imperial Dade

Founded in 1935, Imperial Dade serves more than 70,000 customers across the United States and Puerto Rico. Since CEO Robert Tillis and President Jason Tillis assumed their roles in 2007, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to become a leader in the food service packaging and janitorial supplies industry. For additional information, please visit


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