Texas-based FleetPride, a large aftermarket distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has acquired the assets of E.H. Burrell Co. Inc. of Oregon.

Founded in 1918, E.H. Burrell is a distributor of OEM and aftermarket parts serving western Oregon and southwest Washington.

E.H. Burrell was a third generation family business when it was purchased in 1995 by Curtis Schott, a long time employee, and his wife Denise. Schott started his career at the company at the age of 16 and by his early 20's he was a full-time outside salesman. Under the Schotts' ownership, E.H. Burrell has grown to three locations -- Salem, Portland and Eugene -- all of which will now operate under the FleetPride brand. Collectively, all three locations encompass 56,000 square feet of retail and service space.

"The Schotts have been true partners in E.H. Burrell for over 13 years, and we are very pleased that Curtis will stay on and become FleetPride's Area Manager for Oregon after the acquisition is complete," said Steve Turnlund, FleetPride's Regional Manager, Western Region. "Additionally, all of E.H. Burrell's 35 employees will be joining Schott as members of the FleetPride team. Schott and his management team have a successful track record of significant growth in this market."

FleetPride officials note that this acquisition allows them to expand the company's Pacific Northwest footprint into the Salem and Eugene markets, while significantly strengthening its presence in the Portland market.