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PE-owned Galls buys Best Uniforms

Galls, which is owned by CI Capital Partners, has acquired Best Uniforms. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Wilmington, NC, Best Uniforms is a provider of uniforms to police, fire, EMS, industrial, transit and hospitality employees.


LEXINGTON, KY–(Marketwired – August 19, 2014) – Galls, LLC, North America’s leading distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market, announced today that it has acquired Best Uniforms, Inc., a leading regional distributor of similar products to public safety and transit personnel. Best Uniforms is headquartered in Wilmington, NC. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Best Uniforms,” said Michael Wessner, chief executive officer of Galls. “Best Uniforms is a leader in the North Carolina and Virginia markets and has distinguished itself through excellent service in its stores. We are excited to build on Best Uniforms’ success by pairing it with Galls’ breadth of product assortment, national distribution capabilities, catalog and web presence, as well as our premier information technology infrastructure.”

As a family owned and operated business for over 20 years, Best Uniforms is committed to providing high quality uniforms and outstanding service to its police, fire, EMS, and transit customers. Founder and CEO John Best noted, “I am delighted to be teamed with Galls to serve the increasingly complex needs of the professional uniform community to an even higher level through our combined service and technology solution.”

Lexington, Kentucky-based Galls, LLC was acquired by New York-based private equity firm CI Capital Partners in September 2011, as a platform investment in the public safety products market. This is the third add-on acquisition for Galls under CI Capital’s ownership. The company also purchased Quartermaster in January 2012 and Roy Tailors Uniform Co., Inc. in September 2013.

Galls, LLC, is “The Authority in Public Safety Equipment and Apparel.” Together with its subsidiary Quartermaster, LLC, Galls represents the largest distributor of uniforms, supplies and equipment to public safety personnel, including police, fire, EMS/EMT, private security, corrections, and federal/military. Each year, over one million men and women in the public safety, postal and public transportation industries depend on Galls for their essential and robust selection of equipment and apparel, ranging from customized uniforms, sunglasses and boots/shoes to body armor, handcuffs, medical kids and light bars. Founded in 1967, Galls is a trusted resource for fast, convenient and reliable public safety equipment, supplies and gear. Galls is headquartered in Lexington, KY, and boasts an associate team of 600-plus based throughout the United States that services customers through an award-winning national catalog, convenient eCommerce site, dedicated sales reps, nine retail stores and five service centers. Learn more at

Best provides quality uniforms and accessories to police, fire, EMS, industrial, transit and hospitality employees. Best Uniforms also operates under the name of Century Uniforms, which they acquired earlier this year. Best Uniforms is headquartered in Wilmington, NC, they have a total of six other locations, Raleigh, Goldsboro and two locations is Charlotte, NC as well as two locations in Virginia, Richmond & Norfolk. Best services the region’s major agencies and departments. To learn more about Best Uniforms, please visit

CI Capital Partners LLC, a North American private equity firm, has been investing in middle-market companies since 1993. CI Capital forms partnerships with experienced management teams and entrepreneurs to build substantial businesses through add-on acquisitions, organic growth and operational improvements. Since the firm’s inception, CI Capital and its portfolio companies have made more than 125 acquisitions representing approximately $7 billion in enterprise value. CI Capital’s existing portfolio consists of companies which collectively generate annual revenue of over $4 billion, EBITDA of over $400 million and employ approximately over 14,000 people. To learn more about CI Capital Partners, please visit