Based in Slidell, LA, Southwest Engineers was founded in 1985 and serves a highly diversified base of light industrial, commercial, and institutional customers across the United States.
The acquisition of SWE builds upon C&S’ strategy to further expand into the industrial water treatment sector. SWE will act as a sub-platform within C&S with the goal of executing on a multitude of add-on acquisitions within this vertical over the next several years.
Phil Vehorn, founder of SWE, said, “It was clear early on that C&S would be the right organization to take care of my employees and customers. Partnering with C&S allows me to focus on the next chapter of my life with full confidence that the business I’ve built will continue to thrive.”1
Cindy Hidalgo, Vice President of SWE, said, “We could not be more thrilled to partner with C&S. We are excited to leverage C&S’ robust capabilities to expand Southwest Engineers organically and through acquisitions, all while continuing to deliver the high-quality products and professional services to our customers for which we are known.”2
Rob Chandler, President and VP of Finance & Resources at C&S, said, “The team at SWE has a stellar reputation for delivering exceptional service that is respected and recognized across the industry. Southwest Engineers is a perfect fit for C&S and greatly expands our product and service portfolio.”3
Greg Chandler, VP of Operations at C&S, said, “It was clear from our first conversation with the Southwest Engineers team that they would be a great fit for C&S due to the quality of the business and its people. We are grateful to be able to partner with the SWE team and look forward to helping them further accelerate growth.”4
Mike Chandler, VP of Sales & Marketing at C&S, said, “The team at Southwest Engineers has built an incredible business with a strong reputation for quality and service. We are very much looking forward to working with Cindy and the rest of the SWE team to embark on an aggressive growth path over the next several years.”5
The transaction for Shoreline was led by Mike Hand, Managing Partner; Zach Mittelmark, Principal; Mac McCready, Associate; Dylan Somohano, Associate; and Catee de Roziere, Analyst. Chris Wolford and Eric Kern at Allegiance Capital Corporation represented Southwest Engineers in the transaction.