BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — FinishMaster Inc., a leading distributor of paint and related products in the United States and subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc., a leading distributor of automotive products in Canada, announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the operating assets of Gladwin Paint Company and related entities (“Gladwin”). This acquisition increases FinishMaster’s footprint with the addition of 8 locations across several key metropolitan markets in Texas including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
Founded in 1954, Gladwin has grown to be one of the largest PBE distributors in the southwest United States. The team is guided by the same principles Carl and Margaret Gladwin held when they founded the company more than a half century ago: hard work, honesty, and excellent customer service. Offering comprehensive services including an experienced team of technicians, Gladwin specializes in training and assisting body shop technicians in product knowledge, process solutions, and SOP implementation to help improve their customers’ overall performance.
“The more than 100 Gladwin team members joining our FinishMaster family will find we share the same core values as their founders and are committed to fostering a culture with a family-first focus. We are steadfast in our commitment to work as a team, and to be a key factor in the success of our customers,” stated Steve Arndt, president and Chief Operating Officer of FinishMaster. “Combined, we have the most experienced and knowledgeable team in the market and are best equipped to drive innovative solutions and help our customers and partners build a profitable growth model for their business.”
“This is a terrific acquisition in terms of both the cultural fit of our teams and the expansion of our coverage of the important Texas market,” added Henry Buckley, president and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select. ”This is FinishMaster’s largest acquisition in 2016 which continues to enable us to better serve more customers.”