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Construction firm acquires Macro Companies

Feb. 24, 2023
Louisiana-based bulk hauler specializes in transporting fuel and water for emergencies with one of the industry’s largest company-owned tank truck fleets

Construction management and disaster recovery firm Lemoine recently acquired bulk hauler Macro Companies through private-equity parent Bernhard Capital Partners.

Macro, headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, is one of the largest emergency fuel and water suppliers in the world. The family-owned and -operated business has responded to approximately 150 disaster events across the U.S., as well as in Puerto Rico and Haiti, the companies said. Macro manages and maintains one of the industry’s largest company-owned fleets of specialized fuel transportation and dispensing vehicles.

“For nearly 100 years, Macro Companies and the McElligott family have upheld a longstanding commitment to the communities we serve in times of need—a commitment that will only be strengthened by this partnership,” Richard McElligott, president of Macro Companies, said in a news release. “Our success has only been possible through the dedication of our employees and clients. We are excited to partner with Bernhard Capital Partners and Lemoine, a company we respect and admire, because we share similar values.

“Our teams recognize the critical nature of the services we provide in times of need—when failure is not an option, commitment is non-negotiable, and our clients need a full-service provider they can trust.”

According to Lemoine, the transaction strengthens its position as a “global leader in emergency preparedness, disaster recovery and community resilience.” The company currently operates four service lines: disaster services, building construction, program services, and infrastructure. Lemoine’s acquisition of Macro, in addition to previous investments in Workforce Group and DCMC Partners, brings together more than 600 employees able to offer a suite of services to critical industries and governments preparing for and responding to natural disasters and emergencies.

“This service expansion is critical for Lemoine in providing full-coverage emergency preparedness and disaster recovery services that create stronger, more resilient communities around the world,” said Lenny Lemoine, Lemoine CEO. “In times of emergency, water and fuel become the lifelines of a community and its first responders, and Macro Companies brings unparalleled experience managing logistics, transportation and distribution.

“This vital service combined with Lemoine’s expertise in construction and disaster management, uniquely positions our firm to deliver superior value to the communities and customers we serve, particularly in health care and mission-critical industries.”

Macro’s location in the Gulf Coast, and its investments in people, technology, and equipment, have resulted in decades of experience and expertise responding to natural and man-made disasters. Macro’s services include potable water; a unique fleet of military-grade, all-terrain and high-water vehicles; aviation fueling; and electronic data capture on a specialized mobile fueling application used during and after disasters.

Richard McElligott will continue to serve as president of Macro Companies, and Bill McElligott will continue to serve as vice president, Lemoine said. Additionally, the existing leadership team will remain in place and the organization will remain headquartered in Broussard.

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