An out-of-state company announced Wednesday that it has purchased a longtime Danville business.

Conney Safety Products issued a release Wednesday morning indicating it has purchased Mettam Safety Supply Inc. of Danville. The sale was finalized Friday.

Conney Safety Products Chief Operating Officer Chuck Moyer said Wednesday there are no plans to close the Danville facility.

“Our intent is to be in Danville permanently, in case that’s any concern,” Moyer said during a telephone interview.

As of January, Mettam employed just under 40 people.

The move was called a growth safety strategy in the safety products sector, according to the release. Conney CEO Michael Wessner called the combination of the two companies “very powerful,” indicating Mettam will benefit from Conney’s distribution capabilities, among other attributes.

Moyer said Conney has talked to several companies. Serious talks with the Mettam family regarding the purchase of Mettam began in March.

The late Nancy Mettam and her husband, Curt, started Mettam Safety Supply, an industrial distributor of safety, health and environmental products, in 1974. Nan Mettam is current president and CEO of the company at 1222 W. Voorhees St.

Nan Mettam, contacted via e-mail Wednesday, said she was out of town.

Wednesday’s announcement quoted Mettam as saying the Danville company could not have found a more ideal partner.

“Looking toward the future, we realized that we needed a larger platform in order to best service our customers,” Mettam said in the release, noting the partnership will continue the company’s “legacy as a technically savvy safety products specialist.”

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., Conney Safety is one of the largest distributors of products and equipment designed to help keep people safe in the workplace, according to the release.

Moyer said Mettam will continue to operate under its current name for the next few months as plans are finalized to switch over to the Conney name. There are “no hurries” to make the transition immediately, he said.

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