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Knox Pest Control acquires Owen and Taunton

Columbus, Ga.-based Knox Pest Control announced the acquisition of Alabama/Georgia Owens and Taunton Inc.

Owen and Taunton has been a household name in the Auburn, Opelika, Valley, Lagrange, Warm Spring and Columbus area markets since 1956.

During this time, the company has become a pioneer in many areas of the industry and continued to be a family-owned and -operated business under the leadership of Michael Moncrief and family. Owen and Taunton is committed to customer services while providing commercial, residential and industrial pest control services.

Moncrief stated when he got ready to retire and/or sell, he would contact Knox Pest Control, according to a news release. The care and service of his customers and team members was of the up most importance to him.

Having known the Knox family for many years, Moncrief said in a news release that he was confident that Knox Pest Control would be the right company to take care of his customers.

“We are very proud to continue their commitment to customer service and to welcome to the Knox family all of Owens and Taunton’s team members. This is one more step in our aggressive acquisition plan that looks to expand by finding quality business partnerships,” said Blake Grimsley, senior vice president of operations at Knox Pest Control.

Knox Pest Control is a fourth-generation family of pest control specialists serving Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina since 1929. The Owens and Taunton addition enhances Knox Pest Control’s commitment to consistent growth through both current customer retention, and the selective purchase of quality companies to closely align with the company’s growth and service goals.

Knox Pest Control Owners Justin and Sean Knox added, “We are very happy and honored to welcome the Owens and Taunton customers and team members to our ever-growing family of pest control professionals. We continue to evaluate every opportunity to enhance our presence as a significant service provider throughout the pest control industry.”

By Ellen Wagner

April 18, 2022