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.