FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RMS ACQUIRES AC COMPRESSOR FROM BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY
BETHLEHEM, PA — May 4, 2018 — Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. (RMS) today announced the acquisition of the AC Compressor business from Baker Hughes, a GE Company (NYSE: BHGE).
This acquisition brings the expert personnel, intellectual property and associated tooling of AC Compressor under the RMS umbrella in order to continue delivering the excellent customer service that the industry has come to expect from the brand. RMS will also receive the drawings and designs for the centrifugal and axial compressors offering, developed under the business known as CONMEC.
“The opportunity to serve our combined customer base as the OEM for AC Compressor products and CONMEC-engineered compressors offers our customers a best-of-both-worlds approach,” said John Bartos, CEO at RMS. “Our focus is always on delivering solutions tailored to meet customer needs; the AC Compressor team will bring unique engineering skills and a legacy of quality products to that portfolio. For all parties involved, this is the next logical step in the evolution of supporting the broad customer base that operates AC Compressors.”
In 2017 RMS acquired the Mepco business in Houston, TX. Prior to the acquisition, RMS had a portfolio that consisted of engineered solutions for compressors, expanders, and turbines. “The Mepco shop in Houston has a well-earned reputation for responsive service and one of the highest quality ratings in the industry,” said Dirk Paraschos, Vice President of Operations, Houston. “The addition of AC Compressor and CONMEC expertise augments and reinforces our existing portfolio, while expanding our product range to cover even more markets, including internationally where AC Compressor has strong representative partnerships.”
The combined footprint will create an array of locations strategically located to serve high-demand, quick-turnaround markets on the East Coast and Gulf Coast for manufacturing, product delivery and repair. “There is a lot of mutual history within these companies,” said Bartos. “Even prior to the acquisition, current RMS personnel clocked over 485 years of experience within CONMEC and 120 years within AC Compressor. In a way, it’s sort of a homecoming combining these three great entities.”
About AC Compressor
AC Compressor has a history dating back to 1931 under the former Allis-Chalmers nameplate. The modern incarnation of AC Compressor began in 1985 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Complementary brand CONMEC started in 1987, offering solutions and hardware for all vendor turbomachinery nameplates. AC Compressor acquired CONMEC in 1997. In 2001, GE acquired both businesses. The AC Compressor business services and repairs industrial compressors in the refining & petrochemical, industrial, onshore/offshore production and pipeline & gas processing industries. The product line consists of axial, centrifugal and oil-free-screw compressors, with a worldwide installed base of over 1200 machines.
RMS, with principal headquarters and manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, PA started out engineering, repairing, servicing and upgrading rotating machinery in 1997. The company recently expanded its business to Houston with the acquisition of Mepco, a 64,000-square-foot repair center located near the Hobby Airport, in mid-2017. RMS also has an engineering and sales office in Appleton, Wisconsin.
RMS Expands and Sets Up Shop In Houston
Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. (RMS), one of the country’s leading independent providers of engineered solutions for the Turbomachinery market, has just acquired Houston based Mepco, Inc. The transaction, which was completed May 31, 2017, will now provide Gulf Coast customers with access to a fully equipped 64,000 sq. ft., high bay, air conditioned facility capable of providing the full offering of engineered solutions for all types of Turbomachinery.
“We are very excited for our Gulf Coast customers to now have a local regional shop to access all of the RMS engineered services,” said Mike Kistner, CEO of RMS. Additionally, traditional Mepco customers will now have access to the experienced and broad engineering talent within RMS. “The engineering strength of RMS was one of the things that made this such an attractive partnership. Clearly, our traditional Mepco customers will benefit from this in-house engineering talent,“ said Robert Tabb, General Manager of RMS/Mepco.
Located just minutes from Hobby Airport and the Houston Ship Channel, RMS/Mepco is a 24 hour, full service Turbomachinery inspection and repair facility.
|· 50 ton overhead crane capacity
· Rotor balancing
· HVOF coating
· ID & OD Grinding capabilities
|· Machine overhauls
· Future vertical rotor storage
· Extensive machining capability
· Weld procedures – up to grade 7 Ti
RMS Announces Appleton, Wisconsin Compressor Group
Rotating Machinery Services (“RMS”) is pleased to announce the opening of its Appleton, Wisconsin office. In addition to providing the full range of aftermarket turbomachinery services, the office specializes in aftermarket services for the ex-AC Compressor line of centrifugal compressors.
This highly-experienced group of engineers and technicians has extensive experience with the former AC Compressor product line; specifically, AC Compressor mechanical design, performance, aerodynamic, and service experience. With their strong OEM background, the group provides a level of skill that is missing in the current marketplace. Ryan Rottier, General Manager, said, “We have put together a strong group that customers will immediately recognize as the go-to team for their aftermarket AC Compressor needs.”
The office opened its doors on February 15, 2016. Contact your RMS Sales Manager, or either office at: 484-821-0702