Pictured are: Karen Kroetch, Jerry Kroetch Of Scotchman Industries. And Kevin Allen of Steelmax Tools.
Scotchman Industries and Steelmax Tools, two providers of steel fabrication equipment and solutions, have joined forces to form the SMX Industrial Solutions group of companies with the investment support of Emko Capital.
Under the SMX Industrial Solutions umbrella, Scotchman and Steelmax will both be able to bring a broader portfolio of industry-leading solutions.
The new company says it will leverage Scotchman’s and Steelmax’s existing product portfolios, internal technology development and additional acquisitions to offer a comprehensive and expanding portfolio of steel fabrication tools and solutions to customers in a broad array of industries, including manufacturing, construction, and energy.
“We are excited to announce the combination of Scotchman Industries and Steelmax Tools and the immense potential this combination holds for these two companies, their communities and our customers,” said Kevin Allen, CEO of SMX Industrial Solutions. “This combination brings together two companies with long histories of product innovation and commitment to customer service. Together, we will offer our customers an even broader range of fabrication products and services, as well as the expertise and support they need to succeed.”
“For nearly 60 years, Scotchman Industries has provided world-class products and services to help our customers operate their shops as efficiently and profitably as possible,” said Jerry Kroetch, President and second-generation owner of Scotchman. “We believe that the combination of Scotchman Industries and Steelmax Tools will strengthen our roots as an American manufacturer and allow us to serve our customers and our community for the next 60 years and we look forward to being a part of that future.”
Scotchman Industries, based in Philip, SD, is a manufacturer of hydraulic ironworkers, cold saws and hydraulic presses.
Steelmax Tools, with operations in Colorado and Pennsylvania, is a supplier of fabrication and welding mechanization solutions, including magnetic drilling machines, plate and pipe bevellers and trackless and track-mounted welding carriages. Emko Capital, with offices in Charlotte, NC, and Philadelphia, PA, is a middle market private equity firm specializing in investments in American industrial companies.