Posted January 9, 2020

ORS Nasco and MEDCO name new president/CEO

Kevin Short has been named president and CEO of ORS Nasco and MEDCO.

Kevin ShortORS Nasco, a wholesaler of industrial and safety supplies, and MEDCO, a wholesale distributor of automotive aftermarket tools and collision repair products, were acquired by One Equity Partners from Essendant in October 2019.

“Kevin brings over 25 years of experience in multiple sales, operations and general management roles. His extensive distribution experience will help us both internally as well as connecting with our customers,” said Manny Perez de la Mesa, chairman of ORS Nasco and MEDCO.

“The Board is confident in Kevin’s ability to work closely with the dedicated management team, committed employees, and business partners to execute our growth strategy and create value. I am excited to see what lies ahead with the many opportunities that we have to become integral business partners with our distributor customers and manufacturer vendors as a true value add wholesaler.”

"It is thrilling to join recognized leaders in ORS Nasco and MEDCO. Now independently owned, we will add increased speed and flexibility to our track record of delighting customers. We have the right strategy in place going forward and I am committed to delivering value for our customers and sustained profitable growth and value to all our partners,” said Short. “The dedicated people of these organizations are a true differentiator and it is an honor to lead them.”

Most recently, Short was president of Plaskolite, a global leader in plastic sheet manufacturing with facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Europe after it was acquired by Pritzker Private Capital. Prior to this role, he was president and CEO at Polymershapes, a  global full-line plastics distributor with 71 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Chile
after it was acquired by Blackfriars from SABIC.

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