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ML Utilities Buys Utility Equipment Service Inc.


Sept. 14, 2021 - ML Utilities, Charlotte, North Carolina, a one-call solution for utility fleet maintenance, inspection, repair, and management services has acquired Spring Hill, Tennessee-based Utility Equipment Service, Inc. (UES).

The purchase positions ML Utilities to better serve its growing number of customer throughout Middle Tennessee with a wide range of mobile and shop services for utility equipment that includes boom trucks, aerial devices, pressure diggers, digger derricks, and related support equipment.

ML Utilities’ expanded footprint now includes Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Established in Franklin, Tennessee in 1981 before moving to its current Spring Hill location in 2001, UES has specialized in new and used sales, upfitting, rental, parts and accessories, shop repair, and maintenance of service trucks.

As part of ML Utilities, the company will complement is shop service capabilities with mobile field units providing ANSI inspections, annual DOT certifications, dielectric testing, hydraulic diagnostics, utility fleet repair, custom fabrication, lube and chassis services, and more.

All functions are safely performed by an experienced team of highly trained service technicians.
“UES has a great tradition of providing its customers with exceptional services for 40 years and we’re excited to be growing our business and joining forces with such an outstanding team,” said ML Utilities Co-Presidents Mickey Hodges and Kent Upton in a joint statement. “Together, our company cultures and values are closely aligned. We are confident this will lead us to greater success in supporting our valued customers.”

Utility Equipment Service, Inc. President William Horton added, “It is rare that a business owner finds a fit like the one we see between Utility Equipment Service and ML Utilities. I believe this acquisition will significantly increase the value UES offers to our customers and it takes a big step toward positioning ML Utilities as the market leader in work truck fleet solutions.”

ML Utilities’ ability to recruit talented technicians, implement stringent safety protocols in the shop and field, provide extensive resources and training programs, all under experienced leadership team, have served as a successful launching pad for the organization. The one-call value proposition that ML Utilities delivers, provides an efficient solution to the challenges that fleet managers are facing.

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