Drainage specialist JET Aire Services has acquired Tyneside-based KwikFlow to strengthen its coverage in the North.
The business, which is headquartered in Leeds and has a base in Middlesbrough, employs 129 staff working in the drainage and sewerage sector.
Jet Aire Services said it has invested at least £1 million to add to its fleet over the past year, and this acquisition means it can expand its footprint in the north of England to “comfortably cover the area from Tyneside to the Borders, and across to Cumbria”.
KwikFlow, launched by Roy Bradley 25 years ago, has a team of 37, comprising 29 engineers and eight administration staff. The acquisition also involves fleet and equipment.
Jet Aire Services said the firm will retain its identity, trading as KwikFlow with some dual branding on vehicles and general public-facing materials. Bradley will remain with the business as area manager (NE) to control the Tyneside operation from KwikFlow’s base in Gateshead.
Darren Pavan, managing director at Jet Aire Services, said: “This is an acquisition that ticked all boxes. KwikFlow is a perfect fit… Jet Aire Services has gone from strength to strength in recent years, both in terms of our workforce and fleet as well as our turnover, and while we are a national company with clients across the UK we have established ourselves as a market leader in the North of England.
“Our current fleet covers large parts of the North, and the acquisition of KwikFlow means we can really place a stronger footing in the north of the region.”
Bradley added: “This merger makes sense for both companies. Both Jet Aire Services and KwikFlow have their own unique skill sets across the business encompassing the full drainage sector. By linking them together, we now have a business which is effectively a one-stop-shop for all drainage requirements ranging from flooding, remediation and lining to general water mains installation and repairs.”