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R.W. Mercer Co. acquired the assets of long-time subcontractor West Michigan Electrical Systems Inc., the companies announced.

West Michigan Electrical Systems is a full-service electrical contractor in Cedar Springs, north of Grand Rapids. It was founded by owner Brad Kober and has served petroleum, industrial and commercial customers for more than 20 years.

“West Michigan Electrical Systems has built an excellent reputation, and we welcome their highly skilled electricians,” said Andy Mercer, president of R.W. Mercer. “Additionally, their expertise in installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will further strengthen our ability to support EV transportation infrastructure.”

Kober and his team will be based out of R.W. Mercer’s Grand Rapids-area office in Walker. They will combine with the existing electrical team at R. W. Mercer to enhance its current capabilities and to expand the company’s ability to self-perform electrical services statewide for customers. Kober will assume the position of project manager in the R.W. Mercer Electrical Department.

“I have worked side-by-side with the team from R.W. Mercer for years and have been impressed with the company’s quality construction and ethics,” Kober said. “This partnership is a great opportunity for our employees and brings the best of both companies together to meet the needs of customers.”

Mercer said the two teams had worked together on projects, but Kober and he met recently.

“We had an instant connection and were able to come to an agreement quickly,” Mercer said. “Growth by acquisition is an effective strategy for us in the electrical sector, and we will continue to evaluate opportunities to ensure we are able to meet the current and future needs of our customers.”

R.W. Mercer Co. is a family-owned construction and service company headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, with seven locations: six in Michigan and one in Indiana. The company markets in three distinct areas of construction: petroleum contracting and service, general contracting, and electrical contracting. In each area, R.W. Mercer provides a turn-key approach that includes planning, design, construction and installation, as well as service, monitoring and maintenance.