Walker Zanger Merges Trio Of Sister Firms

Walker Zanger Merges Trio Of Sister Firms

Sylmar, CA Walker & Zanger, West Coast Ltd., Westchester Marble & Granite and Walker & Zanger Inc. a trio of U.S.-based distributors, retailers and specifiers of high-end stone and ceramic tile have merged to form one national firm, the company announced.

The three operations have combined their resources and distribution efforts, with all products now being marketed and sold under the Walker Zanger brand name.

The merger, effective Jan. 1, "broadens the national presence" of the privately-held, $100-million company, corporate officials said.

"Operating the three companies under the Walker Zanger brand enhances our national presence and simplifies all of our operations, from shipping to advertising," said CEO Pat Petrocelli. "With the merger, everything our wholesale, retail and architectural customers need can now be found under the Walker Zanger brand name."

Founded in 1952, Walker & Zanger, Inc. opened Walker & Zanger, West Coast Ltd. in 1958 to take advantage of the burgeoning West Coast market. Westchester Marble & Granite was then opened in 1981 to specialize in marketing handcrafted stone products to eastern states' retailers.

The merger adds Westchester's Atlanta showroom, New York warehousing, and a Durham, NC regional facility to Walker Zanger's list of corporate locations.

The newly-merged entity, Walker & Zanger, Inc., is headquartered in Sylmar, CA and Mt. Vernon, NY, with offices in Marina di Carrara, Italy, as well as nine current and two soon-to-open corporate showrooms.