MWE, formerly Midwest Engine Warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, has acquired certain assets of Power Equipment Company (PECO), a Briggs & Stratton distributorship operated by Atlantic Power. MWE will provide sales and service for the Briggs & Stratton product line in the area previously served by Power Equipment Company, which includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.
Bill Fritz, executive vice president of Illinois Auto Electric, the parent company of MWE, says the company always looks for ways to improve its operations in the lawn and garden service business. “This acquisition supports our goal to further enhance the sales and service support we provide to our customers,” he says.
John Stephenson, CEO of Atlantic Power, says the acquisition was an opportunity for Integrated Distributors Network (IDN) members to optimize a geographic region. “We will miss the direct relationship with our west coast customers but feel that they, and the IDN network in general, will be better served in the future,” Stephenson says.