East Windsor, Connecticut-based The Collins Companies, one of the largest privately owned industrial distributors of pipe, valves, fittings and engineered specialties serving the Northeast, acquired International Valve and Instrument Corp., also known as IVI, headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“The Collins Companies has long been recognized as a large regional distributor of automated control valves with nine degreed engineers on staff to assist our customers with the specifying, sizing and selection of their control valve requirements,” said Brian Tuohey, owner and president of The Collins Companies. “However, with the acquisition of IVI, we will now be able to expand the services that we can offer to the marketplace through the significant capabilities of this great company, which over the last 37 years has built a stellar reputation in the safety valve testing and valve repair market. “Marianne Brodeur is a born entrepreneur who had a dream 37 years ago and followed it. Today, we are thrilled to have Marianne and her 22 associates join the Collins family.”

Founded in 1982, IVI is a quality service company engaged in the repairs of all types of valves, hydraulics and pressure relief valves. IVI is a National Board-Certified Facility and has positioned the company as a marketplace leader in the Northeast, Collins explained. 

“Collins has an outstanding reputation and this merger will provide the additional resources we’ve always needed to grow to the next level,” Brodeur said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on having the technical expertise that has allowed us to bring a consultative approach to problem solving for the valve industry. Now, combined with Collins’ size and expertise in valve automation, I’m very excited to see both companies get started on this next chapter.”

Headquartered in East Windsor, The Collins Companies is comprised of Collins Pipe & Supply, Collins Controls, Niagara Controls, Collins Niagara and Power House Supply, with eight locations in New England and upstate New York.