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A big deal, with an eye on safety

Protective Industrial Products acquires another big name in safety gear.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Protective Industrial Products signed a deal to acquire West Chester Protective Gear. The two companies – Latham, N.Y.-based PIP and Cincinnati, Ohio-based West Chester – are both makers of protective equipment and safety products..

“We are elated by this partnership,” said Joe Milot, president and CEO of PIP, which is a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity. “West Chester has always been a highly respected competitor and over the years their executive and sales teams have built an excellent business model that complements ours at PIP beautifully.”

Milot pointed to the highly experienced sales team at West Chester and added that the people and resources of West Chester’s head office will be the key to achieving the combined company’s accelerated growth initiatives.

“West Chester’s state of the art facility in Cincinnati will remain an operational hub of the organization,” Milot added.

West Chester Protective Gear offers high-performance solutions to ensure workers stay safe and perform at their best, according to the announcement. The company offers an extensive line of industrial hand protection products along with a protective apparel line including high visibility clothing, disposable clothing, aprons and sleeves, rainwear, and welding apparel.

Tim Fogarty, CEO of West Chester Holdings Inc. added: “Our product category strengths complement each other extremely well, as does our customer base and our respective corporate cultures.”

The announcement states: “The acquisition of West Chester solidifies PIP’s position among the leading providers of hand protection and general safety products in North America. PIP will leverage this new partnership to provide its distributors in the safety industry and retailers with an expanded product offering along with more flexible solutions to meet every competitive need.”

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