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One Equity Partners’ portfolio company acquires Auto Safety House


One Equity Partners’ portfolio company, The WW Williams Company has completed the acquisition of Auto Safety House, one of the largest vehicle maintenance service and parts provider for trucks, pre-owned and new buses, and other vehicles in the Southwestern US.

The company is also  the Thomas Built Bus distributor for the State of Arizona. 

Auto Safety House will nowl operate as a brand under the ownership of WW Williams, a provider of mechanical repair services and products for commercial trucks, diesel power generators, warehousing, inventory management and logistics services. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

Founded in 1941, ASH is one of the largest providers of parts and customised installation services in Arizona. The Phoenix-headquartered Company’s three facilities provide customised “Total Fleet Solutions” for bus and truck equipment service to the majority of Ford, GM, and RAM vehicle dealerships in the region. ASH, which serviced more than 2,500 customers in 2016, also offers mobile services, and serves as a distributor to nearly 30 equipment manufacturers specialising in high-end truck body, parts and equipment that include the Knapheide and Reading brands.

“ASH provided an excellent opportunity to expand WW Williams’ relationships with key OEMs in the Southwest, add expertise in retail parts, and bring traditionally outsourced fleet maintenance and repair work in-house,” says Matt Hughes, Director at One Equity Partners. “The complementary offerings make this a perfect addition.”

“ASH and W.W. Williams share many qualities, including culture, a dedication to highly professional service, and strong relationships with our customers,” said John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of W.W. Williams. “This transaction significantly expands says market share, geographic presence, sales volume, end-to-end specialty service maintenance and repair offerings; and it enhances our ‘bumper to bumper’ customer relationships.”

One Equity Partners acquired a majority equity interest in WW Williams in August of last year, investing alongside the Williams family and company’s management team. The investment positioned WW Williams to further strengthen its rapidly growing sales and service network, grow its fleet maintenance operations, enhance technical capabilities and reinforce customer service support in existing territories.

“We believe joining WW Williams will further enhance our core competencies, including service offerings, sourcing capabilities, and together creates an opportunity to expand the Company’s up-fitting capabilities on a regional and national basis,” says Mike Iben, CEO of ASH, who will continue to manage ASH and assume additional responsibilities at the company.

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