MCE Completes Fourth Acquisition with Purchase of RSA and Global Controls

Zelienople, PA – December 31, 2021

MCE announced today that it has acquired RSA, Inc. and Global Controls, Inc. (collectively known as “RSA” or "the Company"). Based in St. Charles, IL, RSA was founded in 1966 and is a distributor of robotics, motion control, vision systems, PLC/HMI, and safety products. Global Controls is a systems integrator that supports automation and motion control projects. The Company services industrial end-user and OEM customers across the upper Midwest.

“We are excited to welcome RSA to MCE.” said Charles Hale, Chairman and CEO of MCE. Hale further noted that “The Company's focus on automation and motion control products and solutions align very closely with MCE's strategic focus on bringing highly-technical motion control solutions to our customers. We have collaborated with RSA on numerous projects over the years and are excited about working even more closely with the RSA team.”

Allan Scales, RSA founder and CEO commented, “This combination will allow us to accelerate our growth plans by utilizing the resources and support provided by MCE.” He added, “This is a great outcome for our associates, customers, and supplier partners.”

About MCE

Founded in 1951, MCE is a supplier of technical fluid power, automation, flow control, compressed air and lubrication products, services and solutions. The company services more than 12,000 MRO and OEM customers from thirteen distribution centers and sixteen retail locations across the upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, please visit

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