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AHB Tooling & Machinery Acquires Division of Westbrook Engineering

Adding the new machinery sales division reinforces their position as a full-service metalworking distributor.


AHB Tooling & Machinery, Inc. (Roseville, MI) has acquired the new machinery sales division of Westbrook Engineering Co., Inc. (Warren, MI) and reinforced their position as a full-service metalworking distributor by deepening their range of machinery offerings and expertise. “While we have been recognized as a Michigan metalworking leader for nearly two decades, this acquisition helps solidify that position,” said Kevin Hess, the president of AHB. “Our customers have always trusted us for exceptional service paired with top-notch metalworking expertise. We provide them with unparalleled technical knowledge, including the ability to apply tooling at the spindle and providing metal fabricating solutions. That remains our true north. Now, we simply get to apply that value proposition to a deeper set of products.”

He continued, “What’s more, our customers will enjoy the benefit of saving time and money by dealing with fewer suppliers. They have been asking us to carry more equipment like this for years. We listened and we took action. When you add all that to our vending and integrated supply offerings, you have a pretty compelling value proposition.” In 2018, AHB will also offer full-service web ordering, stock checks and research capabilities to match the offerings of the larger catalog companies.

The new AHB will provide a broader range of metalworking machinery, including but not limited to, band and cold saws, CNC press brakes and shears, iron workers, lasers, plasmas, tube bending, waterjets, CNC punches, rolls, automated structural equipment and machine consumables (saw blades, tooling, etc.) from suppliers including Costa, Crippa, CY Laser, Ermak, Euromac, Ficep, Flow Waterjet, Geka, Hougen, HYDMECH, Koike, Krras, Lenox, Scotchman, Standard and WDM.

Randy Szarek, (previously a co-owner of Westbrook) comes to AHB as the director of new machine sales, with more than 40 years of experience providing metalworking machinery solutions. Joel Hays, the director of service, will now focus on expanding service offerings, including machinery repairs and refurbish, preventive maintenance programs and other machinery-related services. Don Will, the director of fluids, filtration and waterjet, will continue to provide waterjet machinery, parts and consumables solutions.

“My team and I are excited to be a part of a great organization like AHB. We’ve sold our equipment to their customers for years and we know how much they respect and value this company. We know our customers will get the service and support they deserve, plus now they have access to literally hundreds of additional metalworking products through the full portfolio. It’s never been easier for them to get the product access and expertise they need to operate their businesses more efficiently,” noted Szarek.

AHB offers a wide range of industrial goods, including abrasives, custom welded band saw blades, cutting tools (both round tools and indexable inserts), fluids and air/water/oil filtration products that can be secured and maintained through various vending and integrated supply solutions. The combined sales force will utilize both sets of customers to not only generate new machinery leads, but will also generate many new consumable opportunities for their current suppliers. The new AHB will employ 41 individuals, selling and supporting approximately $40 million in revenue.


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