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A.J. Sackett and Waconia Manufacturing Merge

January 5, 2017

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A.J. Sackett and Waconia Manufacturing Merge
A Sackett-Waconia manufacturing facility in Baltimore, MD. Image courtesy of Sackett-Waconia

Equipment manufacturers A.J. Sackett and Sons and Waconia Manufacturing announced Thursday that the two companies merged on Jan. 1 to form Sackett-Waconia. Bringing together the separate companies’ sales force and product lines while retaining the same ownership, both companies hold strong positions as engineering and equipment providers to the fertilizer industry, a press release announcing the combination said.

Based in Baltimore, A.J. Sackett and Sons was founded in 1897 and offers a range of equipment and systems including its PFB tower blending systems, loss-in-weight blending systems, soluble systems for dry fertilizers, receiving equipment, terminal systems, and process systems. Waconia, MN headquartered Waconia Manufacturing was established in 1959 and produces blending systems, conveying systems, dust control solutions, and other equipment.

“The combination of Sackett-Waconia is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do for our customers, our employees, and our industry. Together we offer strong engineering capabilities and expanded product lines, while capitalizing on our customer focus, integrity, and desire to be the best at what we do,” the chief executive officer of the newly-merged company, Larry Taylor, said in a statement.

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The merger will further improvements in equipment fabrication efficiency, the company said, and improve engineering, product design, and customer service.

“We bring together 180 plus years of experience, four manufacturing locations in the U.S., one in Brazil, and a highly effective sales force with significant global reach,” wrote Taylor in a letter published on Sackett-Waconia’s website.

The companies have been associated with one another since 1994, Taylor said.

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