VSE Signs to Acquire Wheeler Bros
- Acquisition Builds on Strategy to Leverage Supply Chain Management
VSE CEO and President, Maurice ("Mo") Gauthier, commented, "Over the past 50 years, WBI has developed a world class supply chain company with excellent capabilities in sourcing, reverse engineering, warehousing, distributing and tracking vehicle parts. The WBI supply chain solution is based upon proven, mature processes and systems. We see significant opportunities for leveraging WBI's supply chain capabilities with VSE's 52-year history of supporting the Department of Defense in extending the service lives of legacy ships, vehicles, aircraft and their systems."
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WBI started as a parts supplier to commercial trucking companies and then entered the Department of Defense market. Following that, WBI started selling into the USPS market, which has the largest truck fleet in the world. WBI has received multiple service awards from the U.S. Postal Service. In 2009, the Postal Supplier Council awarded WBI its fifth USPS Quality Supplier Award. In addition to a full complement of supply chain expertise, WBI also has considerable experience in reverse engineering and manufacturing parts that are no longer supported by the original manufacturers. David Wheeler, WBI's CEO and President, said, "Our family and employees could not be more pleased with the match we found in VSE. We have very similar cultures and very complementary services. All of us at WBI look forward to VSE helping us get to the next level. We built a very successful company, but with VSE, there is no limit to the possibilities."
The acquisition of WBI will add supply chain management to the work VSE has historically performed to extend the life of military ships, vehicles, aircraft and their installed systems. Mr. Gauthier further commented: "We believe that the supply chain capabilities we gain through the acquisition of WBI will enable vertical market expansion in our core business of sustaining legacy platforms and systems. Like our other subsidiaries, WBI will also expand our business base into the civil sector of the federal government. In both government and commercial fleets, operating budgets are making near term fleet replacements unlikely, thereby increasing the demand for service life extension of existing assets."
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Source : VSE Corp.