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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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Chapter Seven: Renewed Focus

In 2006, Rentokil returned to the acquisition trail in a major way for the first time since the BET deal a decade earlier. This time, however, the move was highly focused – in terms of both the geographical and business fields of operation. The target company was Pennsylvania-based family-owned pest control business JC Ehrlich, the fourth largest pest control company in North America.

An Ehrlich vehicle.

The business was set up in 1928 by insecticide salesman Julius Ehrlich after he moved to Reading, Pennsylvania. Over the years the company grew its footprint to the point where at the time of the acquisition it had ...

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