Wildman Acquires Michigan-Based Industrial Operator
Wildman Business Group (WBG), an independent industrial launderer based in Warsaw, IN, recently announced a merger with WM Uniform, Holland, MI, according to a news release.
“We are stronger together,” said Josh Wildman, CEO of Wildman Business Group. “This partnership provides the opportunity to accelerate our growth – not just in revenues but with investment in our people.” Wildman’s goal is to be the preferred Midwest supplier and a destination employer – positively changing lives through business, the release said.
The leaders of the two companies, Wildman and Patrick Van Tuinen, president of WM Uniform, are longtime professional colleagues and friends with similar ideas for running a linen, uniform and facility services business. “The opportunity to come together was driven by the President of WM Uniform Patrick Van Tuinen’s eye toward succession planning and was made easy with alignment on our shared core values around honesty, integrity, relationships, excellence, living by faith and treating others as they would want to be treated,” said Wildman. “We’re excited about the synergies created from our shared values and the ability to use business to change lives.”
The acquisition also will clear the way for Steve and Mitch Van Tuinen to retire, while Patrick shifts to service as regional vice president of WGB. Nick Porter, a career commercial laundry professional with WBG, will transfer from his current post as general manager for the company’s Griffith, IN, branch to oversee WM Uniform’s production, maintenance and stockroom operation.
Together, the combined company will include six locations located across Indiana and Michigan, with a staff of 440 people, serving more than 12,000 customers. Click here to see the full release.