Hartzell Manufacturing Co. Inc. broadened its metal processing capabilities by merging Oct. 6 with Continental Metal Specialties Inc.
Linsalata Capital Partners of Cleveland was the majority owner of both firms and decided they would be a stronger, integrated company when combined, according to Kevin Hartnett, vice president of sales and marketing for the new entity, called CMS Hartzell. The company has annual sales exceeding $250 million.
CMS Hartzell is investing about $4 million to expand its Morgan Hill, Calif., plant, previously owned by CMS, Hartnett said in a telephone interview from Morgan Hill. CMS Hartzell is buying a 1,000-ton Milacron press and relocating five presses to Morgan Hill to make it an integrated manufacturing facility with metal fabricating, assembly and painting capabilities.
CMS acquired the Ra-Tek facility in May.
CMS Hartzell will be especially strong in markets for electro-mechanical assemblies for business equipment and telecommunications products firms, according to Hartnett. It offers injection and structural foam molding, metal processing, die casting, engineering and rapid-response tooling.
The merger allows CMS Hartzell ``to meet cost targets which [are] critical in today's competitive environment,'' David O'Halloran, Hartzell president and chief executive officer, noted in a news release.
CMS had been looking for an injection molding business for two years to respond to customer demands for a single-source supplier, said CMS President and CEO George Scherff.
Hartzell brings to the table its molding, die-casting and assembly operations. Its plants are in St. Paul, Minn., where its head office is located, plus Turtle Lake and St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Denton, Texas; and Pompano Beach, Fla. It used to operate a plant in Puerto Rico but closed it this year when a major customer, Motorola, relocated manufacturing.
CMS contributes its metal stamping and assembly operations in Richmond, Ky., where it is based; Stanton and West Liberty, Ky.; Morgan Hill; and Ju rez, Mexico. CMS also has an office in Taiwan to source dies for metal stamping and injection molding.
Hartnett formerly was North American marketing manager for Dynacast Inc.'s SPM Inc. injection molding business unit.