Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (“PSE”) announced it has completed the acquisition of Automotive Paint & Equipment (“AP&E”). The acquisition adds 6 locations in Georgia and further expands PSE’s market presence in the Southeast United States. AP&E is a Platinum Distributor that is headquartered in Warner Robins, Georgia with additional stores in Brunswick, Dublin, Macon, Savannah and Statesboro.
Founded in 1987, AP&E has been owned and operated by Dean & Brian Wilkerson. “We are excited to welcome the Automotive Paint & Equipment team members to the PSE family” said Patrick Mayette, president & CEO of PSE. AP&E’s strong commitment to servicing their customers with industry-leading products and services will only be strengthened as they join PSE”.
Brian Wilkerson, co-owner of Automotive Paint & Equipment, will assume a leadership role as Regional Manager with PSE. Brian will be responsible for continued growth in the region and ensuring his team continues to service their customers at a high level.
“Brian and I are extremely excited about the future for all AP&E employees and I am proud to retire knowing that the AP&E team are in great hands with PSE” said Dean Wilkerson. Brian Wilkerson added “This was a perfect fit for our family and employees based on our relationship with PSE and the shared ideals of our organizations.”
“This acquisition marks another significant expansion of PSE’s footprint in the Southeast and signifies our commitment to grow in that region” continued Mayette. “We will remain an active acquirer of strategic distributors in the Midwest, Southeast and nationally in 2019 to support our aggressive growth goals.”
Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Taylor, MI, PSE has grown to 43 branch locations across Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. PSE serves more than 7,000 customers, including collision repair shops, auto dealerships, fleet operators, and various other commercial, industrial, and aerospace accounts. PSE is a PPG Platinum Distributor and maintains strong market share across its footprint.