International Equipment Solutions acquires CWS Industries
CWS is a leading manufacturer of highly-engineered attachment products
International Equipment Solutions, LLC (“IES”) has acquired, through an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, CWS Industries (Mfg) Corp. (“CWS” or the “Company”). This is the fourth acquisition by IES since its formation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
CWS is a leading manufacturer of highly-engineered attachment products, including the manipulators, cable reelers, grapples, buckets and various large excavator attachment products. Its customers include a global network of dealers and end-users in the mining, oil & gas, forestry and construction markets. CWS is focused on understanding each of its customers’ unique applications and geological conditions and as a result, its attachments and fully integrated equipment systems are tailored to the specific needs of its customers and we are able to withstand some of the world’s harshest environments. The Company employs 140 people at two facilities, located in Surrey, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Stephen Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of IES, said, “The acquisition of CWS is another important step towards the globalization and diversification of IES. We are very impressed with CWS’s rapid growth trajectory, customer base, engineering cabailities and broad portfolio of highly engineered attachment products. This acquisition not only strategically enhances our footprint with dealers in Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but also opens up IES to a growing base of sales relationships located internationally in South America, Russia and Asia. Additionally, the acquisition enhances IES’ product portfolio to include a suite of attachments with applications in the high-growth mining, oil & gas and forestry end-markets, which are currently underserved by IES. As demonstrated with both this acquisition and the acquisition of Siac do Brasil, IES remains committed to supporting our customer’s global expansion initiatives with localized supply, technical resources, and parts and service support. IES intends to invest significant additional capital and resources into CWS to ensure the highest level of production quality and capacity for our customers. IES has made tremendous progress in our first ten months and I am very confident our future is bright.”
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP and Goodmans LLP served as legal counsel to IES and its affiliates. Financing for the transaction was provided by a syndicate of institutional investors agented by Regiment Capital Advisors, LP and PNC Bank, National Association.
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