Bruks Siwertell Group has signed an acquisition contract for North American heavy machinery specialist, West Salem Machinery (WSM), effective July 1, 2023. The Oregon-based engineering and manufacturing company will continue to operate under its current name as a separate internal division within Bruks Siwertell.
“For our customers, the acquisition will deliver a broader product range of market-leading technology, uniquely able to match operational needs. Together with our Wood Technology business units in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia, it will also ensure our capability to meet customer demands for sustainability and digitalization,” says Peter Jonsson, CEO, Bruks Siwertell Group.
“We are looking forward to pursuing growth opportunities as part of a larger group with a global footprint,” continues Mark Lyman, CEO, West Salem Machinery. “We will work in close collaboration with all Bruks Siwertell Wood Technology units, complementing, strengthening and expanding our combined product and service portfolios for customers worldwide. WSM’s personnel will be fully retained and welcomed into the Bruks Siwertell Group.”
“The acquisition of WSM is a positive, strategic move that will immediately expand our presence in the U.S., and extend our global product and service offering, with an even more favorable mix of products, systems and services,” Jonsson explains. “Bruks Siwertell is a leading supplier of woodyard systems in the U.S., and by combining our industry presence and WSM’s, we can better reach both local and national U.S. industries, and beyond into international markets.
“All our brands share many core qualities, recognized and relied upon throughout installations worldwide. WSM is a company focused on high-quality, customized machinery manufacturing and its acquisition will perfectly fit not only with our equipment range, but also our company values. WSM personnel are an integral part of the acquisition, and we welcome Mark Lyman and his team to the Bruks Siwertell family,“ Jonsson says.
Founded in the Pacific Northwest, WSM started operations by supplying machinery to sawmills in the region and expanded into the recycling industry. Today, WSM is an engineering company, employing 70 personnel, with products that include grinders, shredders, hogs, hammer mills and screens, delivering everything from single machine installations to full-scale production lines.
The contract was signed on June 30, 2023. Following the acquisition, the Bruks Siwertell Group will have close to 500 employees.
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