FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, March 26, 2018 – Duncan Enterprises announces the acquisition of one of its distributor partners, Chesapeake Ceramics; the purchase was finalized March 26, 2018 and the company assumed 100% ownership upon completion of the transaction.
“As the ceramic arts industry continues to evolve, it is important for us to adapt in order to better meet the needs of the market,” said Duncan Enterprises Chairman, Larry Duncan. “Chesapeake is a world-class distribution company and this acquisition will allow both companies to better serve the Paint Your Own Pottery (PYOP) industry through enhanced product innovation, marketing, and education programs.”
Duncan Enterprises currently partners with over 100 distributors worldwide and will continue its existing business relationships with all of its distribution partners. Additionally, both Chesapeake distribution centers will remain operating and servicing existing customers as the company and its employees move forward under new ownership. Chesapeake customers can expect to continue receiving the same quality and excellent service that the Chesapeake team is known and recognized for industrywide. Current president, Steve Prichett, will remain with the company for a short period of time to ensure a smooth transition before leaving Chesapeake to pursue other interests.
“Duncan Enterprises’ acquisition of Chesapeake Ceramics is a major step forward for the PYOP industry,” said Steve. “Its 72 years in business demonstrates Duncan’s commitment to the past and future of ceramic arts.”
About Duncan Enterprises: Duncan Enterprises – founded by Erma Duncan in 1946 – is a privately held, family owned, Fresno, California-based company that has been a leader in the ceramic arts and crafts industries since its inception. Its portfolio of brands includes internationally recognized creative and lifestyle favorites including Duncan® Ceramics, Color Me Mine®, Tulip®, Tulip One-Step Tie Dye®, Puffy®, Aleene’s®, Tattoo Junkee® and SummerHawk Ranch™.
About Chesapeake Ceramics: Chesapeake Ceramics is the leading provider of ceramic supplies to customers throughout North America, with facilities in California and Maryland. Chesapeake carries over 7,000 unique products supplied by industry-leading manufacturers including: Mayco, Duncan, Skutt, Amaco, Colorobbia, FashenHues, Royal Brush, Creative Paradise and Paragon. Chesapeake is the only licensed supplier of popular bisque characters from Peanuts®, Marvel®, Hello Kitty®, and Angry Birds®.