Bessemer-based DeShazo is acquiring Integrated Machinery Solutions (IMS) of Azle, Texas. DeShazo is a manufacturer of industrial equipment for materials handling and automation industries in the U.S. IMS is an engineering consulting and custom machinery builder focused on the materials handling industry.
IMS will operate under its current management team and be a separate business unit of DeShazo, maintaining its existing facilities.
“DeShazo launched an aggressive growth initiative last year, and we continue to focus on expansion to meet the growing and changing needs of customers around the globe,” said Guy Mitchell III, chairman and CEO of DeShazo. “IMS has been a valued partner in our growth efforts over the last several years, and we are very pleased to welcome their talented team, experience and capabilities to DeShazo. We believe this acquisition significantly elevates our capabilities, by allowing us to provide a broader product line with a wider array of material handling solutions to meet customers’ needs.”
IMS has experience in the design and manufacture of wire rope hoists for overhead material handling, end trucks for bridge cranes, gearboxes, load-blocks and below-the-hook devices, as well as custom equipment design. In addition, IMS’ manufacturing capabilities will allow DeShazo to respond faster to service requests.
“As is currently the case with most U.S. manufacturers, IMS is facing both supply chain and logistical challenges. By combining our capabilities with those of DeShazo, we are able to expand our fabrication and manufacturing footprint and meet evolving customer demands for materials handling products,” said Steve Bond, co-founder and president of IMS.
DeShazo was founded in Bessemer in 1972 and is a family-owned business that manufactures, automates and installs custom-designed overhead cranes and material handling equipment used in a variety of industrial applications. It also designs and manufactures automated equipment employing robotics for a broad range of customers. With the acquisition, it has manufacturing facilities in Bessemer, Alabaster, Decatur, Huntsville and Azle, Texas. It also has 25 regional service centers located throughout the U.S. and more than 650 employees.