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Canada-based holding ATCO in recent days announced that it is further diversifying its growing portfolio in Mexico by acquiring a leading modular building manufacturer, which will now operate under the name ATCO Espaciomovil. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 182,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant comes with 1,300 modular rental units in operation, making ATCO now the largest manufacturer of modular products in the Mexican market, with the second largest fleet of rental assets in the country. The fleet is currently 80% utilized on existing rental contracts.

“ATCO has an incredible history of delivering innovative modular design and construction solutions for customers around the world,” said in a statement Adam Beattie, Senior Vice President, Structures & Logistics, ATCO. “We are excited to use our experience as a modular manufacturing industry pioneer to complement our new state-of-the-art facilities in Mexico. We feel Mexico and the markets serviceable from this facility are poised for significant growth.”

ATCO Espaciomovil serves a diverse customer base across Central America. Its manufacturing facility, located in Guadalajara, Mexico, produces a wide range of modular products including workforce accommodation, classrooms, offices, hospitals, and retail and commercial buildings that include hotel amenities. Approximately 220 employees work at this facility.

The expansion of ATCO’s modular manufacturing operations in Mexico builds upon the company’s growth strategy for Latin America. 

ATCO re-entered the South American market in 2016 by acquiring 50% ownership of ATCO-Sabinco S.A, a modular manufacturing operation in Chile, and expanded its global infrastructure portfolio in 2018 with a 40% equity investment in Neltume Ports, a leading port operator in South America. 

In late 2017, ATCO subsidiary, Canadian Utilities, acquired Electricidad del Golfo (EGO), which owns a 35 megawatt (MW) long-term contracted hydroelectric power station in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and recently entered Mexico’s Wholesale Electricity Market as a Qualified Supplier.

ATCO is a diversified global holding corporation with approximately 6,000 employees and assets of US$23 billion. The company focus its investments in four primary divisions: Structures & Logistics, Energy Infrastructure, Transportation and Commercial Real Estate.

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