URBANA, OHIO — American Pan has expanded into the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Cleanbake Ltd. of Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

With the acquisition, American Pan said it plans to upgrade the pan cleaning and silicone non-stick coating operation, including installing new equipment and using its proprietary Americoat Plus silicone release coating. The new operation will provide customers in the United Kingdom and Western Europe with the same level of quality and service as afforded by American Pan’s North American plants, the company said.

“We are very excited to have a local presence in this important market,” said Gilbert Bundy, chief executive officer of American Pan. “This venture will allow us provide the benefits of our pan cleaning and coating services to a whole new market. We look forward to strengthening existing relationships and building new ones based on these enhanced services.”