St. Louis, Missouri based Novvia Group, a global rigid container and life sciences packaging distributor, announced the acquisition of Northern Container, an Illinois-based distributor of rigid packaging products serving a range of end markets.

Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Novvia is backed by Kelso & Company.

For more than 45 years, Northern has been a value-additive stocking supplier of rigid packaging products to the Midwest. 

Northern operates out of a 35,000-square foot facility located in Alsip, Illinois and provides next-day delivery services to its long-tenured customer base.

Northern offers customers operating in various industries a breadth of rigid packaging products, including steel and plastic pails, paint cans, plastic bottles and jars, and other rigid packaging products.

The acquisition further strengthens Novvia’s presence in the Midwest territory, which includes C.L. Smith and Fox Valley, Novvia’s St. Louis and Crystal Lake, Illinois rigid packaging subsidiaries.

“We are looking forward to the continued success and expansion of our Midwest footprint and are excited to welcome Northern to the Novvia family,” said Novvia Executive Chairman Ken Roessler.

“With the addition of Northern, we have augmented our breadth of capabilities and strengthened our leading customer value proposition.”

Novvia Group is a leader in high-quality packaging solutions and customized services with domestic and international customers across myriad industries. Through its family of companies, which include Container Supply, Rhino, Novvia Canada, Southern Container, Duval Container and more, it has been in operation for more than 40 years.

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