By: The Working Forest Staff
The merger of Simonds International and Burton Saw will create a leading producer and marketer of cutting tools and related equipment for the primary wood fiber industry. The combined company, known as Wood Fiber Holdings, Inc., will continue to operate in the United States and Canada with 12 facilities located in the major wood fiber regions of North America.
The companies say all products and customer segments currently served by Burton, Simonds and B.G.R. Saws will continue during the integration process.
Craig Tompkins, president and CEO of Burton Saw said: “The merger brings together the strengths of two great companies with a common goal, efficient and innovative solutions to the industry we serve. The products and services offered by the merger will enable both companies to go beyond current offerings and bring a complete solution through products, services and equipment that reflect the needs of the marketplace.”
Ray Martino, president and CEO of Simonds said the merger combines two companies with a deep history of product innovation and quality products.
Simonds International, founded in 1832, supplies cutting tools and related products to the wood, pulp, paper and tree care industries. B.G.R. Saws, which developed an innovative line of filing room equipment merged with Simonds in May 2017.
Burton Saw and Supply, based in Oregon, provides products, equipment and technical solutions to saw filing and knife grinding rooms.