WorldWide Electric acquires Alabama specialty motor company

WorldWide Electric LLC has acquired Louis Allis, a specialty motor company based outside of Birmingham, Ala. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Louis Allis President Greg Peterson, left, with WorldWide Electric President ad CEO James Taylor (photo provided)
Louis Allis President Greg Peterson, left, with WorldWide Electric President and CEO James Taylor. (Photo provided)

Worldwide Electric is a Rochester-based developer, importer and distributor of high performance industrial electric motors, gear reducers and motor controls. The company was founded in 1998 and has six distribution centers throughout the U.S.

Louis Allis has produced specialty motors for unique and demanding applications since 1901. The company’s customers are global businesses in the industrial, military and municipal markets.

Officials said both companies will continue to operate as separate entities in their respective locations.

“Louis Allis and WorldWide Electric complement each other well,” said WorldWide President and CEO James Taylor, who described the acquisition as a “significant win” for customers of both companies. “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.”

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WorldWide Electric appoints new leader

Rochester manufacturer WorldWide Electric Corp. has appointed a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate as its next president and CEO.

Jim Taylor most recently served as president and CEO at Skydex Technologies, a Colorado-based manufacturer of impact and vibration solutions. He brings more than two decades of experience in leading companies of all sizes to the role.

“WorldWide Electric has a dedicated and hardworking team that will go the extra mile for our customers every day,” Taylor said in a statement. “The combination of that great service, quality products and ready-to-ship inventory provide a fantastic platform for continued growth.”

WorldWide Electric is a Rochester-based independent manufacturer of industrial electric motors. The company was founded by Rick Simmonds and Fred Rosen in 1998, two former managers of Ajax Motor Corp.

The company offers a full line of motors, motor controls and gearing sourced from the U.S., China, Korea and Taiwan.

“We are excited for Jim to join our team, bringing new ideas and expertise from his diverse background into our industry as he continues executing our vision of giving our customers not only quality products but also first-class customer service,” Simmonds said. “We are confident that Jim’s leadership will guide WorldWide to continued growth.”

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