Arrowhead Engineered Products (Arrowhead) announced the acquisition of Western Power Sports (WPS) on Dec. 20, a powersports distributor known for its exceptional dealer service model and owned powersports brands. WPS serves nearly 12,000 customers with more than 150 sales reps and seven U.S. distribution centers. With both Arrowhead and WPS rooted in powersports and parts distribution, dealers and consumers will continue to enjoy the diverse product offering and exceptional customer service.
According to Nathan Titus, a sales representative for WPS and former X Games athlete, former owner Craig Shoemaker will enjoy a well deserved retirement.
“He’s had a lot of years and a lot of hard work,” Titus said.
Titus explained that he expects a smooth transition as no changes have been made to upper management in WPS. Although Titus said no big changes are coming within the company in 2022, he said Arrowhead will allow WPS to continue its growth with the added capital.
John Mosunic, CEO of Arrowhead, said, “This acquisition is an important step in our growth strategy and aligns with our mission–to be the largest off-road aftermarket parts supplier in the world. WPS, a leading powersports distributor in North America, has a tremendous reputation with its dealer network and I’m thrilled to have their team lead our powersports segment. The combined power of Western Power Sports’ trusted distribution and dealer network with Arrowhead’s additional brands, global distribution footprint, and best-in-class supply chain network creates a powerful team giving dealers a wider selection of quickly available products.”
Newly appointed WPS Chief Operating Officer, Steve Lester, replaces Shoemaker at the helm and added, “Through the sale process, we spoke with several quality companies that expressed interest in WPS–Arrowhead was the only company with an excellent cultural fit and matched our commitment to customer service.”
Familiar global powersports brands built by Arrowhead include those under the All Balls Racing Group (ABRG): All Balls Racing, Vertex Pistons, Cylinder Works, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Pivot Works, and Tiger Lights. These do not include a dozen brands also owned by Arrowhead focused on outdoor power equipment, agriculture, arborist, golf cars and other specialty equipment. Likewise, brands owned, built, or exclusively distributed by WPS include FLY Racing, Sedona Tire & Wheel, Open Trail, Shinko Tires, Fire Power, HardDrive, Highway 21, SP1, LC, GMAX, Rale, ScorpionEXO, Alpinestars, POD and more.
“Western Power Sports is a strong strategic fit with a complementary product offering and a passion for providing great service to dealers and consumers,” concluded Mosunic. “We will work together to ensure this combination supports our customers and benefits the entire industry.”