Highline Aftermarket announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Plews & Edelmann’s Retail segment (Plews Retail). Plews Retail is a leading designer and distributor of automotive and industrial tools and accessories, in categories like lubrication, air accessories, air hoses and tire repair.
Well-known brands Amflo, Lubrimatic and Tru-Flate will join Highline’s stable of owned and licensed brands alongside Prime Guard, Service Champ, Rain-X, Shout, Windex and others. These brands, products, and longstanding Plews Retail employees will join the Highline family and support its continued growth by leveraging trusted owned and licensed brands, 400-plus third-party national brands, extensive private-label capabilities, an unmatched sales team, and a national footprint with 15 distribution centers and eight manufacturing facilities.
“For more than 30 years, the Amflo, Lubrimatic, and Tru-Flate brands have been synonymous with quality across retail, industrial distribution and the automotive aftermarket,” said Highline CEO Darcy Curran. “We’re excited to add the Plews Retail business to Highline’s growing national platform to better serve our customers together. This combination is a perfect strategic fit for Highline, and I welcome Plews Retail employees and customers to the Highline family.”
Dan Billie, chief commercial officer of Plews & Edelmann, stated, “We’re excited to have partnered with Highline in this transaction. The Highline team is a perfect fit for the retail category. As Plews & Edelmann shifts its focus solely on application parts, we will soon be making a major announcement to our applied business regarding the addition of new product categories as we continue to execute our vision to transform the company.”
Plews Retail is Highline’s fifth acquisition since its formation in 2016. Highline has more than doubled in size during that time and will continue to pursue both organic and acquisition-related growth strategies.
Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.