Medina, MN – Jasper Engineering (www.jaspereng.com) and FLWSE (www.flwse.com) announce their merger with Gilson Engineering, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA (www.gilsoneng.com). All three firms are leading manufacturers’ representatives and distributors, known for their outstanding presence across 19 states in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. The three companies will operate as sister businesses under Vertex Group (formerly, Jasper HoldCo). “Gilson Engineering shares a number of key product technologies and vendor partnerships with Jasper and FLWSE. These shared offerings provide an opportunity to leverage our resources and best practices for the benefit of our customers and vendor partners. This partnership also gives our employees additional opportunities for growth and development across the larger organization”. said Vertex Group CEO, Matt Gallagher. “We are extremely honored to welcome the entire team at Gilson Engineering to our family of companies which includes Jasper and FLWSE. Gilson has an excellent reputation as a technical sales organization and brings a tremendous breadth of competencies to the group. We’re excited to leverage the strengths of these businesses for the benefit of our teams, our customers and our vendor partners.”
Established in 1964 by Clete Gilson as a manufacturers' representative firm focused on process instrumentation, Gilson Engineering has experienced steady growth over the years. In 1998, Clete's son, Chris Gilson, assumed the role of President. Alongside his brother Shawn (Gilson Florida Sales Manager) and several family members, Chris has led Gilson Engineering's expansion, which now comprises 37 employees serving multiple states in the Midwest & Southeast. Under the continued leadership of Chris Gilson, Gilson Engineering will maintain its brand name and headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. The company remains committed to delivering the same high level of technical competency, service, and sales support that customers and vendor partners have come to expect.
Founded in 1958, Jasper is a leading manufacturer’s representative and value-added industrial distributor in the upper Midwest, with primary offices in Hibbing MN, Medina MN and Ishpeming MI. Jasper specializes in the sale of pumps, mechanical equipment, instrumentation, analytical instruments, heat trace, industrial heating, spare parts, and value-added engineering services. Throughout its history, the company has supplied a growing number of products and services to the mining, water, dairy, sugar, food processing, pharmaceuticals, energy production, biofuels and general manufacturing industries. Jasper’s products and services are critical to their customers’ operations
Established in 1981 by Bill & Carol Calbert, FLW Southeast has grown from a small, three-person manufacturer’s representative company to a leading provider of Instrumentation Solutions for manufacturers in a wide range of industries in the Southeastern U.S. By combining world-class products, application expertise, and unsurpassed customer service, FLW Southeast enables its clients to increase manufacturing efficiencies, reduce production costs, and improve product quality and value. FLW Southeast supports customers with direct sales engineers capable of working closely with clients to support product sales and application assistance. Additionally, FLW Southeast offers one of the broadest ranges of instrumentation start-up and calibration services in the industry.
Vertex Group (formerly Jasper HoldCo) was founded upon the recapitalization of Jasper Engineering in July of 2021 by Pathfinder Companies (www.pathfinderco.com). Vertex Group strives to create growth opportunities for our businesses, management teams and employees by providing strategic guidance, capital support and execution tools. Our goal is to build the country’s premier network of distribution/rep firms providing instrumentation, process equipment and diversified automation solutions to the industry. We strive to be the preferred partner to our customers and vendors, and employer of choice to our team and the best candidates in our industry. This is the fourth acquisition by Vertex Group since July 2021.