MCE Completes Acquisition of Instrument Associates, Inc.

Zelienople, PA – August 31, 2021

Motion & Control Enterprises (“MCE”), an industrial distributor of fluid power, process valves and instrumentation, air compressor and related products, parts and services, announced today that it has acquired Instrument Associates, Inc. (“IA”).

IA is a full service, stocking distributor of products and solutions for instrumentation (including fittings, valves and tubing), steam traps, filtration and process control. Founded in the 1940s and based in Alsip, IL, IA employs 22 associates, servicing industrial markets in Illinois and Indiana. As a division of MCE, the Company will continue to operate under the Instrument Associates name with the same employees and suppliers.

“We are excited to welcome the Instrument Associates team to MCE”, said Charles Hale, Chairman & CEO of MCE. Hale further noted that “IA’s products are a natural fit with MCE’s fluid power and flow control capabilities and will position the combined business to provide a broader range of mission-critical, highly-engineered solutions to our consolidated customer base”.

Jay Fregeau, owner and CEO of IA, commented that “this combination will allow us to continue executing our growth plans, utilizing the resources provided by MCE”. He added that “this is a great outcome for our associates, customers and supplier partners.”

About MCE

Founded in 1951, MCE is a leading supplier of technical fluid power and lubrication solutions that solve customer problems across fluid connector, hydraulic, pneumatic, filtration, compressed air and lubrication technologies. The company services more than 15,000 MRO and OEM customers from 9 distribution centers and 16 retail locations across PA, MI, IN, IL, OH and WI. For more information, please visit

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