In a move that marks a major expansion, Marchant Schmidt, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the food and dairy industries, has acquired the cheese cutting division of tna Australia. This division of tna was based in Poole, Dorset, and incorporated the former Arcal and Wright Pugson businesses, which have been producing innovative high-performance cheese cutting and shredding equipment for more than forty years.
The acquisition of tna’s cheese cutting division is a significant step in the on-going expansion of Marchant Schmidt Inc. operations outside the USA, which has also included the recent setting up of Marchant Schmidt Europe Limited. This division is now manufacturing a wide range of equipment and providing sales, service and customer support from its new purpose-designed facility in Bromsgrove.
The acquisition includes all assets and technology relating to tna’s cheese converting operations, as well as the associated spare parts business. Marchant Schmidt Europe is guaranteeing continuity of supply of equipment by manufacturing new machinery and stocking spares in the UK.
“This is a very important acquisition for us,” said Andrew Davis, Director of Marchant Schmidt Europe, “as it supplements and expands our product portfolio range that we know is of great interest to many of our customers. In the future, we’ll also be introducing and investing in new and innovative cheese converting products to complement the current range. In these austere times, we know how important great customer service is, and these plans will magnify the service we can provide to our customers.”
The parent company of Marchant Schmidt Europe is Marchant Schmidt Inc of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA, a third-generation family-owned and operated company with over 50 years of experience in the food and dairy industry. Marchant Schmidt is a market leader in the cheese converting sector, with products that include cheese shredding and grating equipment, fixed weight and random weight cheese portion cutters and many other natural cheese cutting and handling solutions.