Lectrus Expands Metal Enclosure and Electrical Integration Operation to Midwest US
Lectrus Corporation has announced the acquisition of D.T.S, Inc. of Tea, South Dakota. The purchase expands Lectrus’ sales, engineering, fabrication and electrical integration capabilities into the upper Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Western Canadian regions.
D.T.S., Inc. was established in 1979 and manufactures custom steel and aluminum enclosures, sub-base tanks and trailers for the commercial generator market. Like Lectrus, each project is designed, engineered and individually built to meet customer-specific requirements. D.T.S., also known as Dakota Enclosures, has developed a specialization for large, sound-attenuated projects that require unique electrical components enclosed in a high-quality, engineered metal housing.
“D.T.S. is a wonderful addition to the Lectrus family”, said Lectrus President and CEO Jerry Driscoll. “Their commitment to build the highest quality product and exceed customer expectations is second to none in the industry. The location of their plant, the talent of the team and their presence in adjacent markets fits perfectly with Lectrus’ vision”.
Lectrus currently operates plants in Chattanooga, TN and Houston, TX, which cover more than 50 acres and employ nearly 400 people. With the addition of the D.T.S. facility in South Dakota, the company will now have the ability to engineer and produce a wider variety of metal enclosures in all three plants including: electrical equipment centers, operator centers, skids, custom cabinets, generator enclosures, sub-base tanks and trailers. The acquisition will also expand the company’s customer base and market reach, further increasing Lectrus’ leadership in the custom metal enclosure industry.
“There are tremendous synergies between the two companies”, said former D.T.S. President and COO Kent Barbee. “The operational capabilities and business philosophy perfectly complement one another, and customers should soon enjoy the benefit of the combined operations,” he added.
Since 1968, Lectrus has provided world-class protection solutions for electrical equipment and personnel for a wide variety of clients and markets. In 2004, Lectrus acquired Cleveland Manufacturing in Houston, Texas and enjoyed record sales levels through that plant in 2009. Formerly known as Metal Systems and MSI Equipment Centers, Lectrus is the leading electrical systems integrator in the US, engineering and constructing turn-key equipment centers, operator centers and custom enclosures that protect complex electrical systems in all kinds of business sectors—oil and gas, power, hydro, industrial, just to name a few.
Lectrus Corporation is owned by RFE Investment Partners, a private equity investment firm focusing on smaller, middle-market service and niche manufacturing businesses. They have nearly 30 years of small buyout experience, investing in growth companies in partnership with strong management teams. RFE is headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut.
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