Boelter Companies Acquires Chrislan Ceramics


Waukesha, WI – Rick Boelter announced that Boelter has furthered its commitment to the brewing industry by adding Chrislan Ceramics and its related businesses to The Boelter Companies.

Chrislan was founded in 1987 and has become the leading manufacturer and supplier of ceramic tap handles, decorated glassware and insulated growlers to the brewing industry. Chrislan’s manufacturing facility is located in the greater Vancouver area – Maple Ridge, BC Canada.

Since 1929, Milwaukee, Wisconsin based Boelter has grown into a diverse group of business units that serve customers in the North American foodservice, beverage and consumer products markets. Of specific relevance to this acquisition is Boelter’s Beverage Group, the leading provider of decorated glassware, brand support products and point-of-sale fulfillment services to the brewing industry for over 45 years.

“Boelter is thrilled to have the opportunity to step into the ownership position of a wonderful business and culture similar to the Boelter organization,” according to President, Rick Boelter.

Al Laninga, one of the founders of Chrislan staying on as a senior executive, added: “We are pleased that we were able to put together a true win-win for our customers with Boelter adding a product line that fits naturally with its leading glass and barware expertise, and Chrislan transitioning to a next generation of owners that value relationships in the brewing industry and long term growth.”