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Bethlehem's RMS buys second Texas company, could double its revenue

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A centrifugal compressor manufactured by RMS. (Source: rotatingmachinery.com)
A centrifugal compressor manufactured by RMS. (Source: rotatingmachinery.com)

Rotating Machinery Services Inc. of Bethlehem Township has acquired the AC Compressor business from Baker Hughes, a General Electric company.

The AC Compressor business is in Houston, located within other Baker Hughes GE facilities.

Through the acquisition, RMS said it plans to establish a new office for engineering and commercial activities on the north side of Houston.

This is RMS’ second acquisition in the region. Last year, it acquired the Mepco business in Houston, a repair and manufacturing facility on the city’s south side. RMS said all Baker Hughes repair and manufacturing activity will transfer to the former Mepco location.

RMS said it’s expected that combined footprint will serve high-demand, quick-turnaround markets on the East Coast and Gulf Coast for manufacturing, product delivery and repair.

John Bartos, CEO of RMS, said this latest acquisition is a major step.

“We believe that, when fully integrated, this acquisition has the potential to double the size of RMS in terms of overall revenue,” he said.

He did not disclose the company’s revenue. RMS employs 132 people, while the AC Compression acquisition adds 32 employees.

RMS also has a location in Appleton, Wis.

“We fully expect that all three of our primary locations, Bethlehem, Appleton and Houston, will benefit from an increase in work as a result of the acquisition,” Bartos said. “We’ll have more engineering in Bethlehem and Appleton, and the increase in shop work will be divided between Bethlehem and Houston.”

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