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Motion & Control Enterprises Acquires General Machinery Company


Motion & Control Enterprises announced it has acquired General Machinery Company.


Motion & Control Enterprises acquired General Machinery Company, completing its 11th acquisition since January 2023.

Founded in 1908 and based in Birmingham, Alabama, with locations in Mobile and Madison, Alabama, GMC is a distributor of automation and electrical products, process pumps, compressed air products and related repair services to end-user and OEM customers in Alabama, northwest Florida and eastern Mississippi. The company will continue to operate under the General Machinery Company name under the continued leadership of Frank and Paul Crockard.

“We are very excited to welcome Frank, Paul and the talented GMC team to the MCE family,” said Charles Hale, MCE’s Chairman and CEO. “The company expands our territory coverage into new, growing geographies and deepens our automation and rotating equipment solution offering from leading OEMs in the industry. GMC has a long, rich history and shares our focus on providing value-added solutions and expertise to our customers.”

Frank Crockard, GMC’s former owner, said, “This strategic partnership marks an exciting new chapter for our company that was founded in 1908 on the principles of delivering quality electrical controls, air and pump systems, and exceptional services to the industrial sector. This acquisition will grant us access to an even wider range of cutting-edge products and technologies, enabling us to better meet the diverse and evolving needs of OEMs and industrial clients alike.”


About Motion & Control Enterprises

Founded in 1951, MCE is a supplier of technical fluid power, automation, flow control, compressed air products, filtration, service and repair solutions. The company serves more than 30,000 OEM and end-user customers from 53 facilities located in 16 states. For more information, visit

About General Machinery Company

GMC is a distributor of automation and electrical products, process pumps, air compressors and related repair services. For more information, visit

About Frontenac

Frontenac is a Chicago-based private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the consumer, industrial and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with established operating leaders, through an executive-centric approach called CEO1ST, which seeks to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and operational excellence. Over the last 50+ years, Frontenac has built a franchise working with over 300 owners of mid-sized businesses as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement and growth planning. For more information, visit