Essendant To Buy Nestor Sales

Formerly United Stationers, Essendant adds a Florida-based wholesale distributor of tools, equipment, and supplies to the transportation industry.

DEERFIELD, IL — Essendant Inc. (formerly United Stationers), a supplier of workplace essentials, announced Wednesday that its wholly-owned subsidiary Essendant Co. signed an agreement to acquire Nestor Sales LLC, a wholesaler and distributor of tools, equipment and supplies to the transportation industry. The all cash purchase price is $38.5 million, subject to closing adjustments. 

Headquartered in Largo, FL, Nestor serves multiple end markets including auto aftermarket parts stores, mobile tool dealers, fleet service providers, composite manufacturers, RV manufacturers and e-retailers. It offers more than 24,000 branded and private label products from 10 distribution centers strategically located across the United States. In 2014, Nestor had sales of more than $70 million.

"Nestor accelerates our growth in the automotive aftermarket and complements our MEDCO and overall industrial business while also providing access to new customer segments," said Robert B. Aiken, Jr., interim president and chief executive officer of Essendant. "As the fastest and most convenient solution for workplace essentials, our scale, operational capabilities and financial strength will enable us to better serve Nestor's customers. I am pleased to welcome the Nestor employees to our organization," continued Aiken. 

The transaction is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

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