Houston-based GHX Industrial LLC and United Central Industrial Supply of Bristol, Tenn., have merged, forming one of the largest energy-focused industrial distribution and service-related companies in North America. Both entities will continue to operate independently and serve their respective markets and customer bases but will utilize a combination of shared administrative, strategic, and management services.
Since its inception in 1974, United Central has focused on serving mining industries in the US and Canada. A combination of organic growth and 11 strategic acquisitions have made United Central the largest distributor of mining supplies in North America. The company currently operates 26 locations in the US and Canada.
GHX has a 70-year history of providing fluid transfer (hoses), fluid sealing (gaskets), and other products to a variety of oil and gas upstream companies, refineries, power generation, petrochemical, mining, agriculture, and marine enterprises. GHX currently operates 39 locations throughout the US and Canada.
Coming out of the merger, The United Distribution Group Inc. has been formed to manage United Central and its subsidiaries, Gooding Rubber Co. and National Mine Service and GHX and its subsidiaries McCarty Equipment Company and McCarty Equipment of Canada.
“All entities will operate as stand-alone business divisions,” said United Central CEO Darrell H. Cole, who has been named president and CEO of The United Distribution Group Inc. Henry E. Looney, senior vice president of sales and marketing of United Central, has been promoted to president effective with the merger. He is a 31-year industry veteran. Richard A. Harrison, a 30-year industry veteran, will continue in his role as president of GHX.
Daniel D. Ahuero, a founder and former executive chairman of GHX, has joined The United Distribution Group as vice president of mergers and acquisitions. Benjamin B. Andrews, also a founder and former executive vice president of GHX, has joined The United Distribution Group as vice president of corporate development.
The combined organization now has a nationwide network of 65 branches and over 800 employees.