Machine Tools Firm Buys Fluid Supplier


Machine tool distributor Concept Machine recently acquired St. Louis, Missouri-based B.C. Macdonald & Co., a cutting and measuring tools company that also distributes metalworking fluids and coolants. Terms were not disclosed.

Privately held, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Concept Machine is a distributor representing specialty manufacturers. Concept sells and services machine tools, metrology equipment, additive manufacturing equipment and related consumables to precision manufacturers and job shops in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin from two locations – a headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a showroom and service center in Delafield, Wisconsin.

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B.C. Macdonald serves customers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois from two locations – a headquarters in St. Louis, and its Metrology Center subsidiary in Lisle, Illinois. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement. Established in 1927, B.C. MacDonald & Company the company represents specialty tooling and gaging manufacturers throughout the Midwest, providing technical sales and support for a variety of specialized cutting tools and dimensional gaging products.

According to its website, B.C. Macdonald distributes a wide variety of Cimcool brand metalworking fluids coolants, which are primarily used for machining and grinding in aerospace, automotive and industrial applications.

With nearly 100 team members and deep functional expertise in automation, machining, precision measurement, and additive manufacturing, the combined company is expected to serve as a one-stop shop for aerospace, medical device, heavy machinery, general industrial and defense industries.

The two companies share complementary geography and product lines, Concept Machine CEO Andrew Hecker said in a news release. “We are investing for growth,” Hecker added.