EMCOR buys Chicago's Midwesco Services

SPECIAL TO CONTRACTOR NORWALK, CONN. EMCOR Group, the nation's largest mechanical contractor, announced in early August that it has acquired Midwesco Services in Niles, Ill., the mobile services division of Midwesco Mechanical, a privately held mechanical contractor performing work in the greater Chicago area for 75 years. EMCOR Services Midwest will integrate Midweso Services into its operations,

SPECIAL TO CONTRACTOR

NORWALK, CONN. — EMCOR Group, the nation's largest mechanical contractor, announced in early August that it has acquired Midwesco Services in Niles, Ill., the mobile services division of Midwesco Mechanical, a privately held mechanical contractor performing work in the greater Chicago area for 75 years. EMCOR Services Midwest will integrate Midweso Services into its operations, the company said, increasing EMCOR's strength in the Chicago region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Midwesco Services provides HVAC, refrigeration and energy service retrofits and upgrades for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities.

"This acquisition is a significant step in the continued growth and development of our services in the Chicago market," said Thom Sellars, vice president and general manager of EMCOR Services Midwest. "Encompassing mechanical, electrical, fire protection and facilities services, we can provide truly comprehensive solutions to the local market. Our acquisition of Midwesco Services includes strong in-house engineering talent along with 40 highly experienced field personnel. This will serve to widen the platform of capabilities and excellence we can offer to our new and existing customers throughout the area."

Midwesco's previous management will continue to run affiliated companies — Midwesco Mechanical and Energy, a new construction contractor, and MFRI Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of cooling towers, chillers, underground pre-insulated piping, filters and leak-detection systems.

In the immediate term, Midwesco's service vehicles will be tagged "An EMCOR Co.," said Mava Heffler, EMCOR vice president/marketing and communications. New trucks will bear the name EMCOR Services Midwest/ Midwesco Services.

Midwesco Services is the most recent acquisition announced by EMCOR Group. In November 2005, the company significantly expanded its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region with the acquisition of Fluidics, one of greater Philadelphia's leading mechanical services providers (December 2005, pg. 1).

"With the acquisition of Midwesco Services, EMCOR further deepens our critical mass in Chicagoland and further expands our national footprint that includes a strong presence within major metro markets," said Michael P. Bordes, president of EMCOR Mobile Services. "Accordingly, it reflects EMCOR's continuing objective and commitment to its clients to serve their facilities' needs anytime and anyplace."

EMCOR Services Midwest, headquartered in Elmhurst, Ill., offers mechanical contracting services, including engineering, design, installation and facilities maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, process piping systems, sheet metal, refrigeration and building automation. The company serves a range of commercial and industrial clients, providing installation and maintenance for a full line of mechanical systems, including emergency generators, boilers, burners, combustion equipment, chillers, plumbing and controls.

EMCOR Services Midwest is a wholly owned subsidiary of EMCOR Group, a Fortune 500 company with more than $4.7 billion in sales in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure and facilities services. EMCOR employs more than 26,000 at 70 operating companies in 140 locations worldwide. More information is available at www.EMCORGroup.com