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Saint-Gobain acquires Merit Abrasives

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc. the abrasive division of the French, major flat glass, glass containers, insulation, reinforcements, high-performance plastics, advanced ceramics, building materials and …

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc. the abrasive division of the French, major flat glass, glass containers, insulation, reinforcements, high-performance plastics, advanced ceramics, building materials and piping, announced in August that it has acquired Merit Abrasives, a manufacturer of specialty abrasive products, such as quick-change discs, flap discs, flap wheels and contour sanding heads, based in Compton, California, US. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Merit Abrasives employs approximately 180 people worldwide and also has plants in Brookville, Ohio; US, Glasgow, Scotland; and Tijuana, Mexico. The Compton operation is in the process of being transferred to Ohio and Mexico. Saint-Gobain and Merit have had a long-standing business relationship. Saint-Gobain has supplied Merit with coated abrasive jumbo rolls and Merit has supplied Saint-Gobain with specialty coated products. According to Mark Mathisen, Saint-Gobain“s Vice President of Bonded Abrasives Worldwide and North American Distribution and Engineered Markets, “The acquisition of Merit is solidifying a mutually beneficial business relationship that has existed between Saint-Gobain and Merit for many years. The Merit brand is well respected within our industry. We are proud to have them as a part of the Saint-Gobain Abrasives family and look forward to pursuing the opportunities created by this acquisition.” Mathisen said that Merit“s management would remain with the company. Saint-Gobain is the world leader in abrasives and the only manufacturer offering all three product categories – bonded abrasives, coated abrasives and superabrasives. Saint-Gobain“s Abrasives Division employs approximately 16,000 people and has operations in 27 countries.

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