Central States Group (Omaha, NE) has acquired Mueller Sales Corp. of New Hope, MN, including offices in Brookfield, WI, and Cedar Rapids, IA. Mueller, an instrumentation and controls distributor founded in 1946, will complement Central States’ mix of fluid handling and process control products and services in Nebraska and Iowa while continuing to service the Wisconsin and Minnesota areas’ instrumentation markets.

Michael Vezina has been named as the general manager of the Mueller Sales Division, as well as a Central States Group vice president.

Central States Group also announced the appointment of Todd Ford to vice president sales for Central States Industrial Supply in Iowa. Ford brings to the position 10 years’ experience with a national distribution firm, most recently four years in Ventura, CA, managing several distribution branches in the area.