In May, Debro acquired Tartan Color & Chemical, a Canadian distributor primarily focused on the industrial specialties market. The transaction makes Debro one of the leading independent distributors in Canada for industrial specialties, food ingredients and home and personal care.

Debro is acquiring 100 percent of the shares of Tartan, and the two companies will be amalgamated. President and CEO, William (Bill) Heise will retire September 30, 2019. In August, he assumed the role of senior advisor to the company and its new leadership team.

Bill has been Debro’s President and CEO since 2005, leading the company through significant growth and transformation over the last 14 years.

Yvonne Heise, current Business Unit Director of the Industrial Specialties division will also retire. Yvonne joined Debro in 2011 and has led the Industrial division since 2015.

“On behalf of everyone at Debro, I would like to thank both Bill and Yvonne for their many years of service and to wish them a very happy and well-earned retirement,” says Brian Imrie, Debro Owner and Chairman.

Debro also announced the following leadership changes: Paul Ruffo, current Vice President of Sales & Marketing will become President – Food & HPC and will lead Debro’s combined Food Ingredients and Home & Personal Care business units. David Houston will remain President – Industrial Specialties.