Certified Industrial Services Co.’s Certified Heat Treating, with locations in West Carrollton and Centerville, added a third location in Springfield this week.
The heat treating, grinding and industrial services company acquired Springfield’s Heat Treating Inc., closing on the deal Tuesday, said Chuck Biehn, chief executive of the family-owned firm.
The company was looking to expand, while the head of Heat Treating, Chet Walthall, wanted to retire. The executives got together and the merger happened, Biehn said.
“The two companies together have some real good synergies that should help us,” said Biehn, who runs the business with his brother, Joe. Their father, Charles Sr., founded the company in 1965.
The Springfield company, with its 25 employees, has larger furnaces, which should give the newly combined businesses a shot at greater volume, Biehn said. And the businesses now have greater geographical reach, he added.
“Combined, the companies have almost a hundred years of history with long-term and devoted employees who know metal treating,” CB manufacturing says on its web site.
Together, the companies have about 125 employees. Biehn declined to give the transaction price, but he said he’s actively looking for future transactions.
Thomas Ross, West Carrollton development director, told the newspaper that the merger will not affect the company’s base operations.
“They have been so successful this year they are running at full capacity and needed to grow quickly,” Ross said in an email. “So rather than building new facilities and buying new equipment (which takes a long lead time) they decided to buy another operation to move quickly.”
The family of companies includes CB Manufacturing, Certified Heat Treating, CB Manufacturing & Sales and American Cutting Edge Inc.
CB Manufacturing and its allied businesses have long been known for making industrial knives and blades. Customers have included tire recyclers, carpet makers and others.
“Business is good, and we’re expanding,” Biehn said.
Staff Writer Larry Budd contributed to this story.