“Incorporating GFS offices into our system increases our global reach to 15 regional offices and a network of over 120 agents and depots,” Wendrock said. “We can assure our customers of inventory, service, logistics, and support anywhere in the world.”
Wendrock said EPT was attracted to GFS “because of their products, their experienced personnel, and their history of innovation and quality. EPT has aggressively introduced new technologies and innovations to the flexitank industry and we felt GFS shared our vision and capabilities for growth.”
“This acquisition will provide EPT with access to new markets and an expanded customer base for an even greater global presence. All GFS employees will retain their positions during the transition,” Wendrock said. GFS staff has relocated from Houston’s Channelview area to EPT’s corporate headquarters in northwest Houston.
EPT markets the BIG Red Flexitank brand and is the first bottom-load flexitank manufacturer to successfully pass the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Rail Impact Test and Rail Simulation Test. EPT is the only flexitank company with written authorization from several North American Class I Railroads and the Russian Railroad (RZD), to offer all intermodal options and competitive economics to their customers. EPT will open a new facility in Rotterdam in the first quarter of 2011.
Both the EPT and GFS flexitanks meet the requirements of the Container Owners Association (COA) Code of Practice.
For more information, visit www.eptpac.com.