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WWL gets keen in the USA

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Keen Transport, Inc. from Platinum Equity for US$64M
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The move is aimed at further strengthening WWL's presence in the US high and heavy rolling loads segment. Keen operates 14 high & heavy equipment processing centers (EPC’s) and a specialty trucking entity in the US. With its 450 employees Keen provides value-added facility services, equipment modification, transportation and load consolidation for about 20 OEMs. The company saw revenues of US$82M in 2016.

"With Keen as part of our Group we will become the clear market leader in the US H&H Equipment Processing space, positioning ourselves for the forecasted growth in this segment," says Craig Jasienski, President and CEO of WWL ASA.

The acquisition is a strong fit strategically and operationally, yielding significant synergies. The increased footprint represents a unique opportunity to capitalize on the improving fundamentals of the mining and construction sector in the US, as well as substantiate a trend where more advanced work and services are performed at EPC’s - outsourced from OEM factories.

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