Simonds International, US Blades merge

Fitchburg, MA-based Simonds International and US Blades announced their merger in a transaction designed to create the leading producer and marketer of cutting tools and the leading cutting tool service company in the primary wood fiber industry.

The combined entity, Simonds International Inc., will continue to operate in the US and Canada with 17 facilities in the major wood fibre regions of North America. All products and customers segments currently served by Simonds and US Blades will continue uninterrupted during the integration process and thereafter.

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. US Blades was founded in 2004 as a cutting tool service company serving the southeastern US wood fibre markets. It has since expanded to cover the entire eastern US market.

www.simondsint.com www.usblades.net

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