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Equiparts Corp. Acquires Parts Unlimited Inc.

Equiparts Corp., located in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, recently announced that it has acquired Parts Unlimited Inc. (PUI). Located in Manassas, Virginia, PUI is a plumbing supply distributor that has been supplying local plumbers and facility managers with plumbing parts and maintenance solutions since 1992.

Equiparts and PUI have been friendly plumbing distributors since the company presidents met in the early 2000s. Both distributors were members of the group North American Plumbing Specialties Distributors (NAPSD), which is a professional group of distributors who provide specialty plumbing solutions to commercial businesses.

The addition of PUI brings 15 new employees to the Equiparts team. It also adds a second warehouse located in Manassas, Virginia. This secondary warehouse enables Equiparts to more quickly service customers located in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. “We are very excited for the Parts Unlimited team to join Equiparts,” said Joel Weiss, president of Equiparts. “Our values, professional service and product expertise align with PUI’s values, which made acquiring them an easy decision to make.”

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Plumbing Heating and Wholesale Acquires Wigman Co.

Plumbing and Heating Wholesale Inc. (PHW) recently announced the acquisition of Sioux City, Iowa-based industrial supplier Wigman Co.

“We are excited to have the Wigman Company join our team,” said Mike Plasier, president and CEO of PHW. “We have long wanted to better serve the industrial market in our footprint; the addition of Dan Hartnett and his team will allow us to better serve those customers throughout our territory. We will continue to provide the high levels of service that Wigman customers have come to appreciate, and we plan to add services that will ultimately better serve the industrial community throughout the territory we serve.”

Wigman will initially continue to operate in its current location under the same name; plans will be made in the future to identify a new home for Wigman Co. and the industrial team. The combined companies will offer a variety of product unmatched in the markets PHW serves. The acquisition closed on November 22, 2021.

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The Tap of Kansas Joins Mountainland Supply Co.

The board of directors of Mountain Contractors Supply Group, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) holding company to Mountainland Supply Co., recently announced the acquisition of The Tap of Kansas. The Tap of Kansas features two locations in Wichita, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri, making 32 branch locations total for the Mountain Contractor Supply Group ESOP holding company and 750-plus employee-owners.

“This is a great opportunity, and we are going to discover new challenges as we seek to embrace change. But, as we unify our efforts, we will be a better company for our customers and employee-owners,” said Brandon Johnson, CEO of Mountain Contractors Supply Group.

“We are so excited to join with fellow IMARK wholesaler, Mountainland Supply, in this way,” said Don Patry, president of The Tap of Kansas. “We really were amazed at how closely our leadership teams were aligned with our internal processes.”

Both companies use the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to hold effective meetings and communication throughout their organizations. “We also were deeply committed to the ESOP, and we felt it would be in our employee-owner’s best interests to unite under one large ESOP,” Patry said.

With the recent addition, Mountain Contractor Supply Group now operates in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri.

“This expanded regional footprint gives us a unique position in the marketplace, but we are not done,” Johnson said. “We will work to improve systems, processes, product offerings, sales strategy and marketing to grow the business and leave future generations a legacy that enriches our communities and that all of us can be proud of.”

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