FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ), a global provider of galvanizing, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial markets, announced today a collaborative teaming agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company LLC ("Westinghouse"), to jointly market their safety-related equipment solutions to the nuclear industry, in lieu of a previously announced divestiture of its Nuclear Logistics ("NL") operating business unit to Westinghouse.
The combined capabilities of both organizations will provide unparalleled products and services focused on meeting the nuclear industry's equipment challenges with cost-effective, technically superior, high-quality equipment solutions.
"As the world pivots to cleaner energy, this agreement reflects our shared commitment to the nuclear industry and provides our mutual customers high-quality design, manufacturing, testing, qualification, and commercial grade dedication services while supporting our critical global energy needs," said David Howell, Senior Vice President, Westinghouse Operating Plants Business.
Tom Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of AZZ, commented, "Both parties made significant progress but it became apparent that the market needed us to focus on building our heritage businesses. We are confident that this alliance represents the most effective and expeditious path forward. We are pleased to move forward on an agreement that leverage's Westinghouse's OEM strength and NL's aftermarket capabilities to offer our customers a higher level of service and solutions. We believe this will be a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties."
"NL's transition from a small, owner-led company to a professional, highly talented and profitable enterprise is continuing on course," continued Mr. Ferguson. "We look forward to NL's contribution within our portfolio and will further challenge our management team to refine our processes and grow the business."
Nuclear Logistics LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of AZZ, is the largest third-party supplier of safety related equipment to the nuclear industry and has more than 180 employees that are knowledgeable in areas such as nuclear qualification and testing.
About AZZ Inc.
AZZ Inc. is a global provider of galvanizing, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the markets of power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial in protecting metal and electrical systems used to build and enhance the world's infrastructure. AZZ Galvanizing is a leading provider of metal finishing solutions for corrosion protection, including hot dip galvanizing to the North American steel fabrication industry. AZZ Energy is dedicated to delivering safe and reliable transmission of power from generation sources to end customers, and automated weld overlay solutions for corrosion and erosion mitigation to critical infrastructure in the energy markets worldwide.
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To learn more about Westinghouse Electric Company and our 130-year legacy of innovation, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com.
Paul Fehlman, Senior Vice President –Finance and CFO
AZZ Inc. 817-810-0095
Joe Dorame, Robert Blum or Joe Diaz
Vice President, Global Communications
Westinghouse Electric Company
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