Pirtek Celebrates 50th Unit Opening, Continues Rapid National Expansion

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Fluid Power Systems Leader Expands U.S. Footprint and Continues Impressive Growth

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Pirtek, an industry leader in fluid power system hose repair, opened its 50th U.S. location on February 2 in Milwaukee. Wrapping up 2014 with record-breaking sales growth of 20 percent, Pirtek is poised for another successful year. Pirtek plans to expand into several new markets such as Florida (with a focus on Miami and Ft. Lauderdale), Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York and more. Wisconsin native and entrepreneur Tom Fechter is bringing the brand to the Milwaukee area.

Fechter grew up in Grafton, Wisc. and is no stranger to working with hydraulics and service vehicles that require specialized types of hoses. In step with his formal education, Fechter started as a technician at Western Snow Plows where he worked his way up to engineer and product manager. Following, he joined Enerpac as an account manager, engineering manager and sales manager. Along the way Fechter honed his skills in hydraulics, new product development, sales and business development.

“I chose Pirtek not only because my background and experience fit well with the company, but also because there is a demand for Pirtek in my current market,” said Fechter. “There is a lot of heavy construction that will benefit from the brand; we have large landfills, golf courses, die casters, transportation centers and tons of heavy equipment. The shipping industry, aviation and commercial marinas are also prevalent in the territory.”

The Pirtek system has more than 450 centers in 23 countries. The company was founded in 1980 in Australia. Pirtek’s services quickly became wildly popular with businesses in the construction, marine, aviation and manufacturing industries. These industries understood that Pirtek promised and delivered 7-day, 24-hour service and an incredible 1-hour response time on emergency calls.

“Our franchisees are the cornerstone of our success and we’re thrilled to have Tom spearhead Pirtek’s growth in Wisconsin,” said Gwyn O’Kane, Pirtek USA Vice President for Franchise Development. “His prior executive experiences, coupled with his dedication to the brand, will help bring the highest level of service to his community.”

As a reflection of the valuable business opportunity it offers to savvy entrepreneurs, the brand was ranked in the Top 500 Franchises for 2015 in Entrepreneur magazine. Pirtek also proved to be one of the most innovative brands in the space with the recent introduction of an e-mobile system where technicians are equipped with tablets that allow them to provide quotes, make orders and update client information remotely.

“Our franchise system succeeds because there is a limitless landscape for creating new business, and no other brand can match Pirtek’s response time, quality of work, client satisfaction and innovation,” O’Kane said. “Pirtek continues to be a leader in the space and we are looking forward to a big 2015.”

Pirtek is the fluid power system leader in sales and service, the only brand of its kind in franchising in the United States. Pirtek boasts nearly 400 units in 23 countries around the world, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and pneumatic hose-replacement space. Powered by an industry-leading approach to sales and service and backed by a corporate center passionate about its franchisees and customers, Pirtek offers unmatched service and logistics. For more information or for franchising opportunities, please visit http://www.OwnaPirtek.com.


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