The sale, for an undisclosed sum, sees both Melville and sister company CTS purchased from the now disbanded Evenser Group.
Leon Clifford, Melville’s managing director, said: “We’re very excited about our new colleagues. It gives us more firepower and broader expertise. This is a highly competitive market and will certainly remain as such. There continue to be challenges and changes in the structure of the exhibition industry and it’s about serving our customers within this changing landscape.”
GES has headquarters in Las Vegas and provides a range of exhibition services including exhibition planning and design, space only design and build, lifting and freight forwarding, rigging, electrical, shell scheme, furniture and carpet across North America.
GES president and chief executive Kevin Rabbitt said: “The addition of Melville gives a third branch to our existing market-leading platforms in the US and Canada. The acquisition fits because we are already familiar with the UK market and business. It also provides us with entry to additional markets. We were attracted by Melville’s strong management team headed up by Nick Marshall.”
Rabbitt was reluctant to be drawn into the ongoing shell scheme pricing debate that rages in the UK but concluded: “The UK market is not that different from the US and Canada.”