PrimeSource Acquires Fellow Fastener/Building Products Distributor Northeast Wholesale

Irving, TX-based PrimeSource, one of the largest construction fastener companies and building products distributors in the U.S., announced Thursday it has acquired Northeast Wholesale (NEW), a distributor of fasteners, tools and other building materials throughout the U.S. Northeast. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NEW sells fasteners and tools from well-known respected brands, as well as private label products. Founded in 1990, NEW distributes its products to approximately 300 customers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic United States.

"NEW is a great strategic fit for our business and will expand our presence in an important part of the country, allowing us to reach more customers with more products than ever before," said PrimeSource CEO George Judd. "The combination will create a larger distribution network and will generate new opportunities to complement our Grip-Rite and Pro-Twist product offerings with third-party branded fasteners and private label programs."

Mr. Judd said he will work closely with NEW CEO John Hurwitz to ensure a smooth transition.

"This is a great opportunity to join forces with PrimeSource, an industry leader with global reach and a dedicated team that shares our same commitment to serving customers," said Mr. Hurwitz. "By combining our two companies' expertise and product offerings, we will be even stronger. I believe this is a great move for our customers, employees and vendors alike, and I look forward to joining the PrimeSource management team to help create the best possible business over the long term."

PrimeSource was acquired by Platinum Equity in May 2015 and has been working with Platinum Equity's M&A and operations teams to develop and execute long-term strategic growth initiatives. This transaction marks PrimeSource's first add-on acquisition as part of Platinum Equity's portfolio. The company is continuing to look for additional acquisitive growth opportunities.

About PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.
With more than 30 distribution centers throughout the United States, PrimeSource is a leading wholesale distributor of building materials serving residential and commercial new-construction and remodeling markets as a value-added link in the distribution chain. Core products distributed under the Grip-Rite® and Pro-Twist®brands include: Nails, screws, and collated fasteners; tools, compressors and accessories; residential and commercial roofing products; diamond blades and accessories, gypsum accessories, weather protection and covers, adhesives and caulks, contractor bags and poly sheeting, building accessories; rebar and concrete accessories; and fencing and wire. For more information please visit or call (800) 676-7777.

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