Fairbanks Morse Defense acquires Fluid Filtration Specialists LLC


BELOIT, Wisconsin – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a holding company of Arcline Investment Management (Arcline), has acquired LLC Fluid Filtration Specialists (FFS), a leader in rinsing and filtration services for ships and other installations that operate large engines and highly sophisticated systems. The acquisition of FFS further expands FMD’s capabilities and service solutions for shipyard, defense and commercial navy customers, including the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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“Fluid Filtration Specialists have a reputation for performing quality work correctly and on time, which makes them a natural fit for our turnkey service offerings, ”said George Whittier, CEO of FMD. “Our growth shipbuilding solutions operate on the most advanced military vessels and the addition of services such as those provided by FFS helps us serve as a unique and proven partner who knows these vessels from bow to stern. This allows us to respond faster with just the right parts, service and maintenance solution. ”

Founded by engineering experts, FFS focuses on fluid separation and cleaning systems which have been specially designed to address the maintenance and reliability issues of heavy equipment used in critical operational systems, often under difficult conditions.

“Quality maintenance of high performance mechanical systems creates opportunities to reduce costs, reduce downtime, and extend the reliability and life of valuable assets,” said Shane Sims, owner of FFS. “Becoming a member of Fairbanks Morse Defense allows us to leverage its strong services Center network to extend our reach among defense clients on which so many communities depend.

Over the past year, FMD has expanded its capabilities, inventory and geographic presence with several key acquisitions to become a single supplier of equipment and services to the maritime defense industry. In 2021, FMD acquired Welin Lambie, a manufacturer of military and commercial davits; Flush valve, a specialized manufacturer of naval valves; and in 2020, FMD acquired Léonard district, a provider of engine and control solutions. FMD also acquired a diesel engine repair and rebuild service provider BRECO International in November 2020.

About Fairbanks Morse Defense

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) is a leading supplier of the highest value equipment to naval defense customers. For more than 100 years, FMD has been a leading provider of reliable fuel systems, parts and aftermarket services to the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command and the Canadian Coast Guard. With its six strategically located service centers and a strong spare parts team, FMD is able to provide field service and parts support around the clock. In addition, its cycle solution suite Complete life extends the life of assets and allows them to operate more efficiently. With a growing portfolio of businesses under the FMD brand, the company continues to integrate these mission-critical products and innovative service solutions to power maritime defense. FMD, an Arcline Investment Management holding company, is based in Beloit, Wisconsin. Learn more about foot-and-mouth disease at www.FairbanksMorseDefense.com.

About Fluid Filtration Specialists LLC

FFS is a recognized leader in filtration and cleaning services. The US-based company’s filtration, cleaning and inspection systems provide critical mechanical reliability to diesel engines, piping for a variety of commercial and industrial uses, and hydraulic systems.


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