Neogen acquires Prima Tech

Published on: Nov 1, 2013

Neogen Corp. announced Nov. 1 that it has acquired the assets of Prima Tech Inc., a veterinary instrument company based in Kenansville, N.C. Started in 1998 by Kim Quinn, Prima Tech has become an important supplier of unique veterinary instruments in the U.S. and major portions of Europe.

The Prima Tech product line is designed around unique and accurate devices used by farmers, ranchers and veterinarians to inject animals, provide topical applications and to use for oral administration. Prima Tech is also a unique supplier of products used in artificial insemination in the swine industry. Other products include animal identification and handling equipment.

"Our two companies have considered the possibility of combination for several years. As the Prima Tech business continued to grow, that company's management felt the opportunities for continued growth and customer service would be best served through a larger organization such as Neogen," said Dr. Jason Lilly, Neogen vice president of corporate development. "We plan to leave the manufacturing of the technical instruments with the current staff in the Kenansville, N.C., plant, and may move some customer service and distribution functions to our Lexington, Ky., operation, where they can be streamlined with the remainder of our large veterinary instrument business."

Prima Tech has customer relations and international distribution complementary to Neogen's Ideal Instruments product line. The combination of the product lines is expected to improve service to livestock producers, the announcement said.