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Bessemer crane manufacturer acquires Texas firm

A Bessemer-based crane manufacturer has purchased an industrial equipment company based in Texas.

DeShazo announced today it has acquired Integrated Machinery Solutions (IMS), located in Azle, Texas, for an undisclosed amount.

IMS was founded in July 2009 as an engineering consulting firm and custom machinery builder focused primarily on the materials handling industry.

IMS will continue to operate under its current management team. It will be a separate business unit of DeShazo and will maintain its existing facilities.

DeShazo Chairman and CEO Guy K. Mitchell III said the move was part of the company’s aggressive growth plan.

“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,” Mitchell said.

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.

The deal will also allow DeShazo to respond much more rapidly to service requests and more effectively route parts requests.

DeShazo currently has more than 25,000 overhead cranes in service across North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. The company designs and manufactures automated equipment employing robotics for a broad range of industrial and consumer companies, with manufacturing facilities in Bessemer, Alabaster, Decatur and Huntsville, as well as Azle, Texas.

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