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New Electric-Charging Services Firm Debuts

Owl Services brings together sales, installation, program management capabilities from 7 recently acquired companies
Owl Services and subsidiaries
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DETROIT — A new service provider to the petroleum and clean-energy companies, several years in the making, debuted on the NACS Show floor this past week after announcing its formation in late September.

Owl Services is a sales, installation, program management and service provider resulting from the recent acquisition of seven industry businesses, including WildcoPES, CBE, Crompco, e-Structure Solutions, Great Dane Petroleum, JBI Electrical Systems and Oscar W. Larson Co. Oscar Larson’s management team, staff, technicians and technology platform, combined with the service offering of the six other companies, are the foundation of the Owl Services platform.

As a whole, the Owl Services provides integrated solutions for all facets of the petroleum convenience and electric-vehicle markets, according to the company, including security, point-of-sale (POS), environmental compliance and petroleum convenience and electric-vehicle (EV) charging station design, construction and maintenance. Greg Ergenbright, former president of U.S. operations for Schindler Elevator Group, is CEO.

A 30-year equipment, construction and maintenance veteran, Ergenbright is a strategic and collaborative leader with a demonstrated record of success building business and driving high-performance cultures focused on operational excellence, Owl Services said.

“It’s an exciting and transformative time, not only for Owl, but also for our industry,” Ergenbright said. “By combining the capabilities and strengths of these seven businesses, we have created a turnkey-solutions company that will shape and define the future of how we fuel and power our vehicles.”

Beyond its existing offering, Owl will continue to invest in its e-mobility services. The company is a partner for fast-charging original equipment manufacturers and customers looking for a solutions provider that can comprehensively build, operate and manage the electrical-charging infrastructure needed to support the rising number of electric vehicles in the U.S., the company said.

The formation of the new company was led by investor Trive Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, along with strategic operating partner SideKick Operators, San Antonio.

“We are thrilled to announce the formation of Owl Services and onboarding of Greg Ergenbright after completing seven transactions in less than two years from the original acquisition of Oscar W. Larson, said Blake Bonner, partner at Trive Capital. “We have built a differentiated facility-maintenance platform to address the unprecedented challenges faced by Owl customers in managing electrification while also maintaining existing infrastructure.”

Based in the Metro Detroit area with more than 20 offices and 1,300 field service staff, Owl Services is a sales, installation, program management and service provider to petroleum and clean energy companies nationally. The company’s portfolio of brands includes:

  • Oscar W. Larson Co., a Midwest leader in full-service petroleum and fluid handling equipment contracting.
  • WildcoPES, an East Coast distributor of vehicle fueling equipment sales, maintenance, inspection, testing and construction management services.
  • CBE, a supplier and service provider of in-store technologies, including point-of-sale systems, video surveillance, alarms, audio, network infrastructure and digital signage.
  • Crompco, a provider of environmental compliance management, site inspection, and managed and information services that are designed and supported specifically for underground storage tank owners.
  • e-Structure Solutions, a supplier electric-charging equipment and services to gas stations, parking lots, parking garages, shopping malls, office parks and more.
  • Great Dane Petroleum, a full-service petroleum and general contractor covering the southeastern United States.
  • JBI Electrical Systems, a provider of electrical systems that cater to clients in a diverse range of industries.

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