DANVILLE — Two locally owned Danville companies have formed a partnership to market their products and services together.
Danville Paper and Supply in downtown Danville will be offering the locally manufactured "green" cleaning products of EnvirOx to its customer base throughout the Illiana region.
Founded in 1918, Danville Paper and Supply currently provides 3,500 different items to local businesses and homes, including cleaning equipment and chemicals.
Since 1998, EnvirOx, 1938 E. Fairchild St., Danville, has been manufacturing, marketing and selling its patented hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning products that are safer for the environment and healthier for people.
Now, Danville Paper and Supply's sales team will be including the EnvirOx products in its lineup of cleaning chemicals, and the two businesses are working on joint marketing efforts.
Diana Stewart, marketing director of EnvirOx, said local residents are very familiar with Danville Paper and Supply's party supplies and other products in its local Danville store but may not realize that the majority of its business is through commercial cleaning equipment and supplies provided to customers in central Illinois and Indiana as well as clients south and north of Vermilion County.
Stewart said the EnvirOx team is very excited about this partnership, which also includes making the EnvirOx products available for retail purchase at Danville Paper and Supply's location at 118 E. North St., Danville.
Stewart said EnvirOx sells its cleaning products to distributors in all 50 states with more dense coverage in the Northeast, fair coverage in the Midwest and some in the West. She said the company actually has some of its weakest coverage in its "own back yard," so this partnership will address that. Through the distributors, EnvirOx products are used in schools, health care facilities, office buildings and government offices across the country.
Stewart said EnvirOx products are not sold in retail stores, so making them available for retail purchase at Danville Paper and Supply will be a first.
Stewart said both companies expect the partnership to grow both of their businesses. Danville Paper and Supply has more than 20 employees, and EnvirOx employs about 40.
Jim Christison, president and owner of Danville Paper and Supply, said in a news release that the timing is right for this partnership between two companies that are family-owned, local employers that support the community.