Quala, a leading North American industrial container cleaning specialist, has acquired Alpha Technical Services (ATS). Operating from a strategically located 23-acre facility in Pasadena, Texas, ATS offers container cleaning solutions for both hazardous and non-hazardous bulk containers, specializing in difficult to clean products in railcars, tank trailers, and ISO tank containers.

ATS complements its cleaning capabilities with full-service railcar maintenance and environmental service divisions.

Mike Bauer, Quala chief executive officer said: “By adding ATS and its experienced management team we have expanded our position in the railcar and specialty cleaning platforms. This acquisition will allow Quala to utilize and expand upon the current ATS tank trailer cleaning capabilities.

“ATS is the perfect catalyst to support Quala in expanding our railcar service model, as we further our vision to become a more diversified container cleaning company, serving the petrochemical industry.”

Alpha Technical Services President Mike Howerton said: “It was important for us at ATS to partner with a group that shared our core values for their employees and customers. We knew from the beginning that the Quala management team was the right fit.

“We are very excited about the growth opportunities this move will provide for the ATS team as we strive to enhance our employee and customer experiences. With Quala’s resources, ATS plans to expand and improve its facilities, processes and capabilities to better serve our customers. The ATS mission will remain unchanged as part of the Quala family of companies.”

Quala will operate the bulk tank trailer cleaning division formerly known as ATS Express Services under its nationally recognized Quala Sustainable Container Solutions brand. Under the Quala umbrella, ATS will continue to operate the Railcar Cleaning and Repair Divisions, Field Services, and Specialty Container Services.

Quala was advised by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and financing was provided by PSP Investments Credit USA LLC, Carlyle Private Credit, Antares Capital, and Madison Capital Funding LLC.