The Sharpening industry consolidated once again with the announced merger this week of Burton Saw and Supply with Simonds International. The merged companies create a leading producer and marketer of cutting tools and related equipment for the primary wood fiber industry. The combined entity will continue to operate in the US and Canada with 12 facilities. On top of this news, distributors are receiving notices of about 5 percent price increases on saw sharpening machinery, particularly the Wright brand. Moon’s Saw Shop Supply in Fl, and Colonial Saw in MA are US-Based distributors.
Craig Tompkins, President and Chief Executive Officer 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: “This merger will combine the two leading companies in our industry with a deep history of product innovation, quality products and customer focused organizations providing value added services to our customers. The cultures of the two companies are similar and will strengthen our service to the industry. The Burton, Simonds and B.G.R. brands are prominent in the industry and will remain a core part of the combined company in the future.”
About Burton Saw
Burton Saw and Supply, Eugene, Oregon, and its family of companies include Global Tools and Cut Technologies. Burton Saw was founded in Vancouver, BC in 1903, and originally sold only saw manufacturer supplies to the mills of Western Canada. B.G.R. Saws was established in 1968, through almost 50 years of history the company developed into a sawmill source for their saw needs as well as innovative line of filing room equipment designed toward the future with a high tech approach toward industry 4.0 requirement.
In 1927, The Burton Saw Company moved to Eugene, Oregon and transformed itself into the leading provider of products, equipment and technical solutions to the saw filing and knife grinding rooms, as the company expanded throughout North America. For more information visit our website at www.burtonsaw.com. Telephone: (541) 683-3337
About Simonds International
Simonds International, founded in 1832, is a leading supplier and marketer of cutting tools and related products to the wood, pulp, paper and tree care industries. B.G.R. Saws was established in 1968, through almost 50 years of history the company developed into a sawmill source for their saw needs as well as innovative line of filing room equipment. Simonds and B.G.R. merged in May of 2017. Back in 2014, Simonds International split the corporation into two distinct operating companies. Simonds International Corporation served as the entity for the Wood Products business and the Metal Products business operates as Simonds Inc. website: simondsint.com