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Texas Enterprises Inc. Acquires Hotsy Carlson Equipment

Longtime Austin Business Opens New Headquarters

Multi-generational wholesale distributor Texas Enterprises, Inc. (TEI) has announced a new acquisition to their market-leading umbrella of companies: Hotsy Carlson Equipment, which has supplied industrial cleaning solutions to central Texas and the Hill Country since 1974.

Founded in 1921, Texas Enterprises is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated company with offices in ten locations across Texas and New Mexico. A best-in-class wholesale distributor of lubricants and fuel, TEI has grown steadily over the years through its acquisition of a diverse roster of powerhouse companies across five divisions. These include Allied Sales Company (industrial lubricants distribution), Golden West Oil (oil and lubricant supplier), Kapalua Fuel & Marine (marine petroleum products wholesaler), Triple S Fuels (retail fuels) and United Oil & Grease Company (24/7 fuel delivery and service).

With an industry-best slate of product offerings and a core commitment to both customer service and employee welfare, TEI is a natural partner for Hotsy Carlson.

“It just makes sense,” said TEI President Ford Smith Jr., who spoke highly of Hotsy Carlson’s similar history as a customer-centric company with deep Texas roots. “Exceptional service and a commitment to excellence that consistently over-delivers for the customer is the key to developing and maintaining long-term relationships. Seeing those values mirrored so clearly at a company with the professional track record of Hotsy Carlson was very encouraging.”

Hotsy Carlson’s longtime role as a cornerstone in the industrial cleaning market is an easy fit for TEI’s acquisition-based growth strategy. And while TEI gains a well-known partner in a new market, Hotsy Carlson will benefit from the substantial scale of TEI’s distribution network and reach across not just Texas, but the entire Southwest.

According to Bob Schultz, Founder & CEO of Hotsy Carlson, “Texas Enterprises has been successful for decades, all while maintaining a genuine commitment to their customers and family of employees. That’s exactly the kind of success we prioritize, and we couldn’t be more excited to keep building toward that mission along with them.”


Not only are the two enterprises well suited from a business standpoint, but the merger is also a great match, geographically speaking. TEI is headquartered in Austin, and Hotsy Carlson recently moved into a new headquarters in East Austin. Hotsy Carlson Equipment further maintains a branch in Bryan/College Station and a location in Killeen.

Since 1974, the company has been located on Nuckols Crossing Rd, previously the site of a dairy farm. In spring of 2022, a move to a new headquarters at 4711 E 7th St will be completed. The new location offers customers and employees easy access from Highway I-35 and more accessible parking. The larger warehouse can accommodate significantly more inventory of cleaning equipment sales and rentals. Secure and covered storage of trailer-mounted pressure washers is another benefit to customers needing service and repair.


Hotsy Carlson recently hosted an annual Customer Appreciation Day. A tradition celebrating its eighteenth year, Customer Appreciation Day is a chance for this local business to celebrate its clientele and give back to the community.

Gallery of New Hotsy Austin Branch

About Texas Enterprises Inc.

Founded in 1921, Texas Enterprises, Inc (TEI) is a fifth generation family owned and operated company. TEI distributes petroleum and lubricant products with offices across ten locations in Texas and New Mexico. Texas Enterprises, Inc is currently led by Ford Smith Jr. and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.


With over 300 employees, TEI is constantly striving to deliver the best possible products and service to our many customers.


About Hotsy Carlson Equipment


For nearly 50 years, Hotsy Carlson Equipment has provided industrial cleaning equipment, rentals, service, parts and repair to South and Central Texas. As a Hotsy All Star Service Center, we specialize in commercial pressure washers. However, our team is trained on all brands of cleaning equipment. Hotsy Carlson is a master dealer for Victory Sprayers, Vital Oxide disinfectant and Optima steam cleaners. We sell mounted equipment for trailers, pickups, water reclamation systems and design wash bays to keep a fleet of construction vehicles clean.


Schedule an appointment for repair at your jobsite or visit our showroom for demos, rentals and training. Our equipment is utilized by EMS fleets, local schools, TXDOT, the food service industry, construction crews and more.

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