Würth Buys Oliver H. Van Horn Co.

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans-based, regional industrial supply and machine tool distributor Oliver H. Van Horn Co., LLC recently announced its sale to the privately-owned Wurth Group. The sale was announced jointly by Robert H. Stolz, CEO of North America for The Wurth Group; and L.E.

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans-based, regional industrial supply and machine tool distributor Oliver H. Van Horn Co., LLC recently announced its sale to the privately-owned Wurth Group.

The sale was announced jointly by Robert H. Stolz, CEO of North America for The Wurth Group; and L.E. Eagan Jr., CEO of Oliver H. Van Horn Co.

Eagan said the 107-year-old company will continue to employ all 75 employees throughout its seven-branch southern regional territory under the “Oliver Van Horn Co., LLC – a member of the Wurth Group” banner.

Owned and operated continuously by the Van Horn family since 1903, the company specializes in the distribution and sales of industrial supply and machine tool products primarily in the metal working marketplace. The company is a leader in the sales of abrasives, cutting tools, machine tools, and related maintenance and repair products. Branch locations in the following markers provide integrated customer sales, support services, and warehousing: New Orleans; Baton Rouge; Houma; Lafayette; Shreveport; Jackson, MS; and Mobile, AL.

The Wurth Group’s business holdings are distributed across 84 countries with 400 active companies, generating approximately $11 billion worldwide. The company currently employs 60,000 people, and is reported to have the world’s largest full-time direct sales employees, numbering almost 30,000.

“This acquisition extends out business interests into a new but complimentary market category that we have looked at for some time,” said Stolz. “Van Horn’s reputation in this region is legendary. We’re honored to have this outstanding firm and its terrific employees join our family of companies. And we are looking forward to Lee and his team helping us to continue to expand this MRO segment of our business across the USA.”

Eagan, who will remain CEO of the company, emphasized that the sale will have no impact on its mission to provide outstanding service to its customers.

“Our operating philosophy for more than a century has always been customer focused,” he said. “We know we are joining a company now whose core philosophy in this regard matches ours and whose resources will simply allow us to continue to find new means for only improving what we do day after day for our customers everywhere.”

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