FORT WORTH, Texas – (COMMERCIAL LINE) – Eagle Automation, a leader in measurement and automation for industrial customers, has announced the signing of an agreement to join forces with VanZandt Controls LLC, Midland TX. Since 2015, VanZandt Controls has become a trusted distributor for valve automation, flow measurement, instrumentation and controls.
Featheringill Capital in Birmingham, AL will be the owner along with the management. Liz Pharo, Managing Partner Featheringill Capital, commented: “We are very excited to bring these two businesses together. Together, we will be one of the largest female-owned companies serving customers in the industrial market. Don Maness will be the CEO of the combined company. I am confident in driving him. Don has over 30 years of experience in the industrial automation sector. ”
Piper Sandler & Co. was the exclusive financial advisor to VanZandt Controls.
Information on combined businesses
Eagle Automation and VanZandt Controls will have over 200 employees with a total of 12 locations serving customers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas and Arkansas. The Company’s headquarters will be in Fort Worth, TX. A highly skilled sales force, including external and internal sales, will serve both companies and provide a single face to customers.
Don Maness, managing director, commented: “The two activities are very complementary. VanZandt Controls is a leading distributor of valve automation, flow measurement, instrumentation and control products with unmatched capabilities in valve manufacturing and processing. Eagle Automation is a world-class systems integrator, services, application engineering, panel shop, and board repair provider. Together, we are a provider of full lifecycle services and solutions. What we do for our customers is absolutely mission critical. Our combined offering and ability to influence a client’s ESG initiatives will be unmatched in the industry. ”
Expanding the capabilities of both businesses at each location will be a strong initial goal. For Eagle’s legacy locations, driving valve automation will be a priority. Alex Irizarry, Rockies Vice President / General Manager, commented, “In the Rockies, we will now have the ability to provide our customers with VanZandt’s valve automation solutions. This is powerful when combined with our existing flow control, instrumentation and measurement offering. Together, we close the loop on process control. ”Kaye Jennings, vice president / general manager of San Juan, commented,“ Customers, systems integrators and service providers visit our Farmington, NM office in the morning to collect this they need for the day or the week. Now they will have one less stop because we are able to supply their valve automation needs in addition to flow measurement, instrumentation and controls. ” Within legacy VanZandt locations, leveraging Eagle’s capabilities will be a priority. Jeff Ward, Vice President / General Manager Gulf South, commented, “In Gulf South we can now expand our VanZandt value-added distributor model and offer our customers control panels, system integration, services and repair / recycling of Eagle boards “.
In the combined company, both brands will be retained. Lance VanZandt, Executive Vice President Sales, commented, “I am delighted to announce that VanZandt Controls will continue to be our distribution brand. This was obviously very important to me and the VanZandt team. In addition, we will promote the Eagle Automation brand for systems integration, installation, services, panels and board repair ”. In addition to the brands, the legal entities of both businesses will be retained allowing for a seamless transition for all existing customers. Don Maness commented: “In discussions with several key clients, everyone was thrilled that we would keep both the brands and the legal entities. We can immediately move forward by providing a broader offering to our clients.”
Serving customers quickly was a priority for both companies. Jeff Wesson, executive vice president / general manager of Permian, commented, “We are thrilled to join forces with Eagle Automation. We will continue our motto of being the first to mention, the first to deliver and provide reliable service to our customers. Eagle Automation allows us to have a wider range of products and services. We are delighted with the opportunities this will present to our employees. Being able to better serve our customers and seeing that our greatest resource, our people, is being cared for, is an answer to prayer ”.
At a recent leadership meeting in Midland TX, Don Maness delivered this message on the core values of the combined companies to the team. “I am thrilled to be the CEO of the combined business. We will win together with purpose. Faith, family and diversity will be our foundations. Security and Integrity are our pillars. Maintaining these priorities will enable us to serve our customers, hire and retain the best talent, and have great partnerships with manufacturers over the long term. ”Larry Richards, outgoing VanZandt Controls president, commented:“ Over the past few months, Don and I We have spent a lot of time together. Our leadership styles and values align well. Don will do a great job as the CEO of the combined companies. As I retire after 35 years in the industry, I am committed to helping Don and the team in any way possible. to move forward”.
About VanZandt Controls
VanZandt Controls was founded in 2015 by Lance VanZandt. Our company distributes, packages and services automated valves, flow measurement products and instrumentation for use in the energy, chemical and other industrial markets. Since our inception, our business has grown rapidly to become one of the leading suppliers of automation and valve controls in its space. Our value-added distribution model emphasizes attention to solving customer requests through fit-for-purpose product packages with a service and commissioning component. Our products serve mission-critical applications where product quality and lead times are crucial. For more information, visit www.vanzandtcontrols.com.
About Eagle Automation
Founded in 2000, Eagle Automation (formerly SCADA Products) is a provider of measurement and automation solutions for industrial customers. Our core capabilities are systems integration, services, application engineering, control panels and board repair. Eagle’s approach is to provide modular, easily deployable solutions that minimize the complexity and time and resources required for field installation. A team of application engineers can design, document, configure and commission automation solutions completely. A 24,000-square-foot panel shop in Fort Worth, TX (formerly Texas Energy Control Products) supplies main control panels, remote control panels, electrical panels, mechanical assemblies, and supports / sleds for customers. Service offerings include embedded measurement technicians, automation technicians, communications technicians, power line electricians, instrumentation and electrical technicians. A board repair and recycling facility in Farmington, NM can house over 50 types of printed circuit boards and fabricate custom cables / connectors. For more information, visit www.eagleautomation.com.