Leading integration firms Kuecker Logistics Group, Inc; Pulse Integration; and QC Software, LLC announced mid-July that they have combined to form a new company: Kuecker Pulse Integration, L.P. (or, “KPI”).
In conjunction with this combination, funds managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation have acquired a majority interest in the Company with the existing owners of all three businesses retaining significant equity stakes.
Larry Strayhorn, CEO of Pulse, will lead the Company, and he will be joined on the leadership team by executives from Pulse, Kuecker, and QC.
“Pulse, Kuecker, and QC all hold the same core values of honesty, integrity, and transparency. We are thrilled about the opportunities ahead to combine our companies and extend our track record of value creation, innovation, and success as a larger operator,” shared Strayhorn.
Jim Kuecker, President of Kuecker, noted, “This is an exciting time for our companies. This combination will enhance our capabilities and scale, and we look forward to working together to deliver even greater value to our customers and suppliers in the future.”
“We have worked closely with Larry and Jim and their respective companies over the years, and we are excited to be combining with them in this next chapter of our evolution,” added Kevin Tedford, the CEO of QC.
Kuecker has been a leading innovative material handling solutions provider for more than 40 years. Using a customized approach, they work to design, engineer, and implement logistics management solutions to increase distribution efficiency. Kuecker provides cutting edge solutions in logistics management, supply chain management, value chain management, industrial automation, inventory management, and more.
PULSE is a systems integrator that has over 50 years of experience serving customers throughout North America. They are focused on helping companies leverage the right mix of technology in their facilities, and work to understand, collaborate, and analyze business needs in real-time. They also seek to provide custom-engineered solutions in a tiered delivery process. Using a data-driven, technology-agnostic approach, Pulse ensures projects are scoped to fit the needs of the customer while remaining adaptable for a changing market.
QC is recognized as an industry leader in providing innovative software solutions for order fulfillment and distribution centers. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, they have been providing software solutions to customers in North America and Europe to streamline their warehouse operations using the most innovative supply chain automation software solutions.
“As a pure-play technology and solutions integrator, KPI is well positioned to serve the requirements of the fast-growing warehouse automation space,” said Brian Klos, Partner in Ares’ Private Equity Group. “This combination will provide KPI with significant scale and expanded capabilities to better serve its customers and drive the next phase of the Company’s growth, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Larry, Jim, Kevin, as well as the other members of the management team. We believe this combination brings together a group of uniquely talented and motivated leaders.”
Mr. Strayhorn continued, “Our vision is to build a full-service integrator platform with an industry leading software offering… We believe Ares is the right partner to help us expand our Company and deliver on these important objectives.”