WP Engine, a global managed WordPress hosting company posting an annual recurring revenue of $132 million at a growth rate of more than 30 percent, has acquired Omaha, Nebraska-based managed WordPress hosting company, Flywheel. Combined, WP Engine and Flywheel will now serve more than 120,000 brands and agencies in 150 countries while counting nearly 900 employees across seven offices globally.
Flywheel was founded in 2012 by Dusty Davidson, Tony Noecker and Rick Knudtson, all of whom came from web development backgrounds at agencies. They were focused on creating “targeted and innovative” products to help agencies grow their business on WordPress. Flywheel numbers more than 200 employees around the world and complements WP Engine’s employees and customer base in North America, Australia and Europe.
Flywheel serves more than 28,000 customers globally. In 2018, Flywheel was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States and as the fastest-growing company in Nebraska. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.
“On behalf of the WP Engine team, we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with one of the most respected brands in WordPress,” said Heather Brunner, Chairwoman and CEO of WP Engine. “I personally welcome each employee and customer into the WP Engine family and I’m excited about the opportunities we will create in the years to come. This powerful combination furthers our vision to be the most relied upon platform for WordPress. Our continued investment in WordPress, our shared values and culture, our enterprise-class technology and support, our community of agency partners and most of all our people will be a powerful driver to bring our customers’ breakthrough digital experiences to life.”
Managed WordPress for Agencies
The WP Engine Agency Partner Program comprises more than 2,500 agencies dedicated to delivering enterprise-grade solutions in WordPress including 10Up, CrowdFavorite, Droga5, Edelman, GSD&M, Huge, Ogilvy, R/GA, The Richards Group and W20. Flywheel’s Agency Partner Program includes 2,000 agencies. Once integrated, WP Engine’s Agency Partner Program will serve more than 4,500 agencies around the world, making it the largest in WordPress.
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“We founded Flywheel with the belief that in order to help creatives do their best work, we needed to create an internal culture that encourages our employees to do the same,” said Dusty Davidson, CEO and co-founder of Flywheel. “That philosophy has led us to build an incredible company and some of the most well-loved products in WordPress, supported by an impressive group of talented people and the most remarkable open source community in the world. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved to date, or more excited for what the future holds for us working together!”
Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in Brisbane, Australia; Limerick, Ireland; London, England; Omaha, Nebraska; San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California.