Justrite Safety Group and Checkers Industrial Products Sign a Definitive Merger Agreement

Justrite Safety Group (Justrite®) and Checkers Industrial Products (Checkers), both portfolio companies of Audax Private Equity (Audax) have entered into a Definitive Merger Agreement. The merger of Justrite and Checkers creates a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products. The merger is anticipated to be completed and closed by the end of January 2018.


Since 1906, Justrite has provided products for the safe management of flammable liquids, and other hazardous materials. Today their products include safety cabinets and large outdoor storage buildings, safety vessels and containers for laboratory and industrial applications, spill containment, safety showers and eye/face wash, and other products that all help industrial customers maintain safe practices. Long recognized as a vital part of environmental, health, and safety programs, Justrite products are available worldwide. For more information, visit the Justrite website, www.justrite.com


Founded in 1987, Checkers is a leading provider of branded industrial safety products dedicated to vehicular safety, asset protection, and workplace safety. Today their products include wheel chocks, warning whips, cable management systems, ergonomic anti-fatigue and entrance matting, and temporary access mats and ground protection solutions through their four power brands of Monster™, Linebacker®, Notrax®, and TuffTrak®. For more information, visit the Checkers website, www.checkers-safety.com


Since its founding in 1999, Audax Private Equity has been focused on building leading middle market companies. Audax has invested $4.5 billion in 112 platform and 640 add-on companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. Audax Private Equity is an integral part of Audax Group®, an alternative asset management firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. With offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, Audax Group has over $11.5 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses. For more information, visit the Audax Group website, www.audaxgroup.com

Contact Justrite at JustriteMarketing@justritemfg.com.

A+A International Trade Fair with Congress

A+A International Trade Fair with Congress is world renowned for safety, security, health at work, fire protection, disaster management, and corporate fashion. A+A International Trade Fair with CongressThe trade fair took place in Düsseldorf during the beginning of November. Visit this link to read more on the A+A trade fair that Checkers attended. A+A was an ideal show for Checkers Industrial Safety Product to support their international distributors and to introduce a few new products that recently premiered in the United States.  Checkers has been hard at work expanding their product offerings. They have become a master distributor partner with other companies that share their same passion for workplace safety. In addition to showcasing the world’s most popular line of cable protectors, such as the Guard Dog cable protector, the Grip Guard cable protector, the Yellow Jacket cable protector, and the Linebacker cable protector, Checkers also displayed wheel chocks. Checkers introduced the LED Flare Kit, new floor matting system, and the latest patent pending strobe lights. Below are product information flyers of each to download for FREE. Please call (888) 912-4727 or email

Below are product information flyers of each to download for FREE. Please call (888) 912-4727 or email sales@checkersindustrial.com for price quotes and product questions.

Download Free Product Flyers!

LED Flare Kit (PDF)

Floor Matting (PDF)

2250 Strobe (PDF Comming Soon)

Checkers® Partners with Eastsea to Act as Exclusive Distributor of Rubber Cable Protectors in North America

Checkers Industrial Safety Products announced today that they have entered into an exclusive partnership with Eastsea Rubber Co. Ltd. (also trading under Bestsea Technology) in China to manufacture and distribute a line of rubber cable protectors. After conducting extensive research with multiple manufacturers, Checkers selected Eastsea because of their high-quality standards and production capabilities. The rubber cable protectors produced by Eastsea will include a number of Checkers’ patented features, such as connectors, distinctive color combinations, and a five bar tread pattern, that have made Checkers the preferred provider of cable protection systems in a wide array of industries worldwide.

Like many of Checkers popular urethane models, these new rubber cable protectors will be offered with a hinged lid, multiple channels in each protector, and built-in connectors that allow users to extend a run of cable protectors to any desired length. By adding these “economy-priced” models, Checkers has accomplished its goal of offering a complete line of cable protection products for customers at any price level.

“We realized the best channel to market our products in North America would be by working in partnership with Checkers,” said Jan Wu, owner of Eastsea Rubber. He went on to say, “With support from Checkers in quality control, technical guidance and intellectual property, I believe this will be a great opportunity for Eastsea Rubber to experience healthy growth. We looking forward to establishing a long-term relationship with Checkers.”

Checkers has invested extensive resources in developing their cable protectors and solidifying their intellectual property rights. Having recently identified a number of Asian companies who are competing unfairly by selling “knock-offs” of their proprietary products, Checkers has taken legal action to vigorously defend against potential infringement. According to Ray Torres, Checkers President, and CEO, “We are in active discussions with the manufacturers we believe are infringing on our technology. Checkers is taking this step to support our distributors in selling value-added, differentiated cable management systems and industrial safety solutions.” He continued to say, “We selected Eastsea because they share our common values of producing the highest quality products and dealing with integrity at every level.”

The safety of people and property is the number one priority at Checkers. Their Yellow Jacket brand pioneered the cable protector industry with the debut of the first 5-channel model at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Checkers now manufactures the industry’s six most popular brands and has become the world’s most trusted manufacturer of cable and hose protection systems. Checkers attributes its success to innovation, investing in intellectual property, and offering the broadest product lines globally. They remain committed and focused on educating industries to view safety as an investment and not a cost.

Ariba Powercare, Checkers Industrial Safety Products European Distributor will be an Exhibitor at Plantworx, the UK’s Newest Construction Event

Checkers Industrial Safety Products will be exhibiting in partnership with UK distributor Ariba Powercare at the Plantworx construction event during May 14th – 16th. The event will be held at Stoneleigh Park Events in Warwickshire, UK’s newest event for the construction industry and will be host to over 250 exhibitors. This event will be the largest gathering for plant and mining equipment companies in 2013.

Ariba Powercare and Checkers Industrial will be showcasing a wide range of safety warning whips, wheel chocks, cable protectors and hose bridges. This will be the world’s most extensive and versatile line of safety equipment for the mining, aggregate, and construction industries.

Ariba Powercare is one of the largest distributors of Checkers Industrial Safety Products in Europe and to mark their attendance they will be offering many exclusive show specials available to those who visit them on stand B3 in the pavilion.

If you are interested in finding out more or how to book an appointment, please call Marc Dring or Yvonne Peat on 0190 858 7060. Also, you may e-mail marketing@aribapower.co.uk or visit www.stoneleighpark.com.

The products on display at the show will include:

Wheel Chocks

  • MC1909, MC1910 and MC1912 heavy duty wheel chocks, ideal for use with heavy ground equipment such as haul trucks, loaders, and cranes
  • UC1500-4.5, UC1700, RC450 and RC815 general purpose wheel chocks for use with road trucks, trailers, pick-ups and utility vehicles

Warning Whips

  • 3ft through 10ft lighted and non-lighted safety whips
  • Our most popular warning whip accessories including Heavy Duty Spring Mounts, Magnetic bases and Quick Disconnect kits

Cable Protectors

  • Yellow Jacket®, the original cable protector brand
  • Linebacker®, the most robust and heavy duty line of cable protectors on the market
  • Guard Dog®, the industry’s most versatile and trusted brand of cable protectors

Hose Bridges

  • Diamondback®modular hose bridge systems for up to 6.5″ OD