Thule Inc., announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase United Welding Services and UWS Inc. (collectively known as UWS) for an undisclosed amount with a closing date of September 10, 2007. UWS is a manufacturer of branded aluminum truck tool boxes, step bars and accessories in the United States. The acquisition will increase Thule’s product offering and distribution in the professional tradesman segment. “The pending acquisition of UWS will complement our successful line of professional truck racks and accessories,” commented Fred Clark, Thule Inc. President. “We are excited to join the Thule family and we look forward to the opportunities this will provide to our employees and dealers,” remarked Jimmy Giddens, President of UWS. Thule and UWS will feature their full line of professional products at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Thule Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary within the Thule Group. It is a manufacturer of car rack products, with production sites in Seymour, Connecticut and Chicago, Illinois.