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W&O Acquires Engine Monitor, Inc. (EMI)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 6, 2016 – W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions is pleased to welcome Engine Monitor Inc. (EMI) to the W&O organization. Based in St. Rose, Louisiana, EMI provides state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing as a marine integrator of critical vessel monitoring and control systems. In addition, EMI offers after-the-sale support via a highly skilled field service team, expert in-house repair capabilities and a diverse engineering team.

“W&O and EMI have collaborated on a number of successful projects over the years.” said Michael Hume, President/CEO of W&O. “Our skill sets, laser focus on the maritime industry, and our similar cultures complement each other and make this acquisition a perfect fit.”

By combining resources, W&O and EMI will accelerate the growth and market share of both companies. For EMI, W&O provides access to a robust, global market, strong financial backing, and a sales force of over 30 professionals who blanket North America and Europe. For W&O, EMI provides access to cutting-edge vessel steering, monitoring, and control systems, superb technical expertise, a great reputation in the inland waterways, and experienced engineers/field technicians. EMI will continue to operate out of St. Rose, Louisiana and maintain the trade name that has become synonymous with quality and reliability.

EMI’s Founder and CEO Ken Cognevich added, “We are thrilled to join the W&O team and look forward to the positive impact that the combined W&O/EMI will have on the maritime industry and the customers that we have both served for over 40 years.” Ken Cognevich will remain the CEO of EMI and work closely with Michael Hume and his team.

About W&O

Founded in 1975, W&O is one of the world's largest suppliers of pipe, valves, fittings as well as actuation and engineered solutions to the maritime and upstream oil & gas industries. Serving a variety of customers, W&O operates a worldwide network of 19 strategically located branches from its corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, visit www.wosupply.com.

About Engine Monitor Inc. (EMI)

Also founded in 1975, Engine Monitor Inc. (EMI) has a rich history servicing the marine industry through state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing. With an in-house staff of engineers, programmers, manufacturing and service personnel, EMI is committed to leading the marine industry with proactive research and development via cutting edge technology. For more information, visit www.emi-marine.com.