Westinghouse acquires welding and machining supplier

Nov. 14, 2007

Westinghouse Electric Company (www.westinghouse.com), has acquired Carolina Energy Solutions, a Rock Hill, S.C. supplier of welding and machining services to the nuclear, fossil and hydropower generation, waste-to-energy, petrochemical, gas and general fabrication industries.

Carolina will become part of Westinghouse’s new subsidiary company, WEC Welding and Machining, which also holds PCI Energy Services, a global supplier of specialty welding and machining services to the nuclear power industry.

The acquisition includes Carolina Energy Solutions affiliates Aggressive Equipment, now WEC Machining; Construction Institute of America, now WEC Welding Institute; and Carolina United Services, now Carolina Union Services. Aggressive Equipment manufactures and distributes a line of field machining tooling, and Construction Institute of America operates a welding school serving the North and South Carolina areas. All of these entities will be part of WEC Welding and Machining.

Jimmy Morgan, president of WEC Welding and Machining, notes that the specialty welding business has been growing at a double-digit rate for the last several years. "The planned construction of new nuclear plants along with projects under way in both the fossil power and petrochemical sectors ensure that this trend will not diminish," he said. "The acquisition of CES complements WEC Welding and Machining's core business and positions the company to continue supporting the operating nuclear fleet, while ramping up resources to meet the demands of the new nuclear construction with the best technology, equipment and human resources."