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January 24, 2023


Wilmar and Rainier Partners appointed Ken Hartman as chief executive officer. Wilmar is a supplier, distributor, and category manager of tools and equipment to the automotive aftermarket and other industries. The company partnered with Rainier Partners in late 2021.

Hartman has over two decades of leadership experience in the tool and equipment industry. Prior to joining Wilmar, Hartman served as vice president & general manager of ESAB, a global producer of welding and cutting equipment and consumables. Before ESAB, Hartman was president of Mac Tools at Stanley Black & Decker, vice president of aftermarket at Thermo King, and held various leadership positions at Chief Automotive Technologies and Snap-On Tools. Wilmar was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Kent. The Cantalini family will continue to be actively involved with operations and management. Rainier Partners is a Seattle-based private equity firm with over $300 million in assets under management that invests in lower middle-market services businesses.

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