Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc., parent company of Norton Company, Worcester, MA, has acquired Merit Abrasives,, Compton, CA, a manufacturer of specialty abrasive products, including quick-change discs, flap discs, flap wheels and contour sanding heads.
Merit Abrasives employs 180 people worldwide and has plants in Compton, CA; Brookville, OH; 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.
'The acquisition of Merit is solidifying a mutually beneficial business relationship that has existed between Saint-Gobain and Merit for many years, said Mark Mathisen, Saint-Gobain's vice president of Bonded Abrasives Worldwide and North American Distribution and Engineered Markets. '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.'
Saint-Gobain's Abrasives Division employs 16,000 people and has operations in 27 countries.