Posted October 23, 2017

AHB Tooling acquires Westbrook Engineering division

AHB Tooling & Machinery announced the acquisition of Westbrook Engineering’s new machinery sales division, effective Oct. 2, 2017.

The acquisition of Westbrook reinforces AHB’s position as a full-service metalworking distributor, deepening AHB’s range of machinery offerings and expertise.

“While AHB has been recognized as a Michigan metalworking leader for nearly two decades, this acquisition helps solidify that position,” said Kevin Hess, president of AHB. “Our customers have always trusted AHB for exceptional service paired with top-notch metalworking expertise. We provide our customers with unparalleled technical knowledge, including the ability to apply tooling at the spindle and providing metal fabricating solutions.

In 2018, AHB will also offer full-service web ordering, stock checks and research capabilities to match the offerings of the larger catalog companies.

The new AHB will provide a broader range of metalworking machinery, including but not limited to, band and cold saws, CNC press brakes and shears, iron workers, lasers, plasmas, tube bending, waterjets, CNC punches, rolls, automated structural equipment and machine consumables (saw blades, tooling, etc.) from suppliers including Costa, Crippa, CY Laser, Ermak, Euromac, Ficep, Flow Waterjet, Geka, Hougen, HYDMECH, Koike, Krras, Lenox, Scotchman, Standard and WDM.

Randy Szarek, previously a co-owner of Westbrook, comes to AHB as director – new machine sales with more than 40 years’ experience providing metalworking machinery solutions. Joel Hays, director – service, will focus on expanding AHB’s service offerings including machinery repairs and refurbish, preventive maintenance programs and other machinery related services. Don Will, director – fluids, filtration and waterjet, will continue to provide waterjet machinery, parts and consumables solutions.

“My team and I are excited to be a part of a great organization like AHB. We’ve sold our equipment to AHB customers for years and we know how much they respect and value AHB. We know our customers will get the service and support they deserve—plus now they have access to literally hundreds of additional metalworking products through the full AHB portfolio. It’s never been easier for them to get the product access and expertise they need to operate their businesses more efficiently," said Szarek.

The new AHB will employ 41 individuals selling and supporting approximately $40 million in revenue.