FleetPride Acquires Midwest Brake & Wheel, Inc. And Gille Company, Inc.
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — FleetPride, Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, announced today that is has acquired the assets of Midwest Brake & Wheel, Inc. and Gille Company, Inc. a separate entity. The new 40,000 square foot facility is located at 1140 S West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. This acquisition marks FleetPride’s second entrance into the Indiana market.
Midwest Brake & Wheel was founded in 1955 as Midwest Brake & Electric. In 1986, Elmer Bauer and sons purchased the business, renaming it to its present brand in 1997. Current owners Mark Bauer and Chris London will stay on with FleetPride – Bauer managing the branch and London in a sales capacity. Employment offers were extended to 15 additional team members.
“FleetPride wanted more direct access in the Indianapolis market. Midwest Brake & Wheel has a stellar reputation and brings a significant local customer base and a customer-focused philosophy that is complementary to FleetPride’s heavy-duty parts business. The combination of these two companies gives us the ability to serve our existing customers more effectively, as well as offer a broader range of product categories to all customers,” said Lee Stockseth, FleetPride President and COO.
“Known as the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis is a primary industrial, commercial and transportation center for the Midwest. With the city’s central location and Indiana’s extensive highway network, establishing a presence here improves our accessibility to customers and deepens our footprint. We welcome the Midwest Brake & Wheel employees to the FleetPride family,” said W.M. McGee, FleetPride Chairman and CEO.
About FleetPride, Inc.
FleetPride, Inc. (www.fleetpride.com) — America’s premier nationwide supplier of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts — operates 250 locations in 45 states and carries a full line of nationally-recognized, brand-name parts, as well as an assortment of exclusive-brand parts. In addition, FleetPride offers in-house remanufactured products such as brake shoes and driveline components. Truck and trailer repair services are also offered at a number of locations.
About FleetCare by FleetPride
FleetCare (www.fleetcare.info) — FleetPride is proud to offer an exclusive partnership for qualified businesses through its FleetCare Truck Service Center program. In addition to FleetPride’s 37 company-owned locations, the FleetCare network, with over 200 affiliate members, specializes in heavy-duty truck and trailer repair and maintenance, servicing all makes and models. FleetCare employs highly-trained technicians, provides brand-name parts, offers a nationwide parts warranty program and roadside assistance.
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