Worldwide Acquires Louis Allis

A bold move after 119 years: Two motor expertise companies team up to better serve their industry

See? There are still business transactions happening this spring. WorldWide Electric, the Rochester-based developer, importer, and distributor, announced March 2 that it has acquired Louis Allis, the well-known specialty motor company based outside of Birmingham, Alabama. For Louis Allis, this is a big, bold move after 119 years and a track record of success leading to prestige in the industry.

Both companies take pride in their “customer-centric approach and long history of motor expertise,” read a March 2 joint press release. The combination of the two companies establishes a single source for a full range of reliable standard off-the-shelf products, modified standard products, and full custom specialty products.

WorldWide Electric’s Jim Taylor with Louis Allis’ Greg Peterson.—WWE photo

Louis Allis has been producing specialty motors for unique and demanding applications since 1901. Customers from around the world in the industrial, military, and municipal markets trust Louis Allis to provide new, factory re-certified, and specialty motors up to 20,000 hp.

Meanwhile, WWE is no stranger to the electromechanical industry, especially readers of Electrical Apparatus. Since 1998, WorldWide Electric, LLC has been a developer, importer, and distributor of a broad portfolio of high performance industrial electric motors, gear reducers, and motor controls. Headquartered in Rochester, NY, WorldWide has six distribution centers throughout the U.S. and is a proud member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). WorldWide Electric Corp and Louis Allis will continue to operate as separate companies from their respective locations. Most recently, WorldWide was featured in the pages of EA in our March issue by way of a profile of Bruce Fox and the company’s Blue Jean drive charity fundraiser.

WorldWide Electric President and CEO James Taylor (not the “Fire and Rain” guy) describes the acquisition as a significant win for the customers of both organizations.“ Louis Allis and WorldWide Electric complement each other well. Louis Allis has a rich history of providing creative specialty motor solutions while WorldWide Electric has focused on providing readily available and high-quality motors, gear reducers and motor controls. Together, the companies will be able to meet all of our customers’ industrial motor needs.”

Louis Allis President Greg Peterson added, “Both organizations bring staff that are dedicated to putting the customer first. That dedication is the driving force in our success now and into the future.”

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