Posted February 6, 2019

PIP to acquire West Chester Protective Gear

Protective Industrial Products announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire West Chester Protective Gear.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, West Chester offers a line of industrial hand protection products along with a protective apparel line including high visibility clothing, disposable clothing, aprons and sleeves, rainwear, and welding apparel.

"We are elated by this partnership," said Joe Milot, president and CEO of PIP. "West Chester has always been a highly respected competitor and over the years their executive and sales teams have built an excellent business model that complements ours at PIP beautifully."

Milot added that West Chester's state-of-the-art facility in Cincinnati will remain an operational hub of the organization.

"Our product category strengths complement each other extremely well, as does our customer base and our respective corporate cultures. Our management team is excited to join with PIP and carry forward the customer focused culture we have created and evident in both organizations," said Tim Fogarty, CEO of West Chester Holdings Inc.

PIP is a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity.