Posted October 17, 2018

Blount International acquires Merit

Blount International owns the ICS brand of concrete cutting equipment and is the exclusive distributor of Pentruder wall saws and wire saws.

Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) announced today it has acquired Merit Engineering and Equipment Company (“Merit”). The Merit brand of concrete cutting products and their manufacturing facility will be integrated into Blount’s Concrete Cutting and Finishing (“CCF”) business unit. CCF manages the ICS brand of concrete cutting equipment and is the exclusive distributor of Pentruder wall saws and wire saws in the Americas.

CCF President Todd Hall commented “The acquisition of Merit is very exciting as it adds a new high quality product line to our assortment of premium products designed for the concrete cutting professional. The combination of Merit’s high quality flat saws and the distribution capabilities of [ICS], as well as other synergies, create a strong foundation for continued growth.” 

Merit President Rita Ferguson commented “Merit is thrilled to join Blount and the [ICS] family of companies. We look forward to sharing our unique expertise with an industry leader like [ICS] to supply professional concrete-cutters with the very best.” 

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Prescott, Arizona, Merit Engineering & Equipment Co. designs and manufactures innovative, dependable, and user-friendly saws for the professional concrete cutter. All Merit saws are handcrafted and made to order from high-quality materials that are machined and assembled in the USA and distributed globally.

Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (“FLAG”); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (“FRAG”). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws.

Blount has a global manufacturing and distribution footprint and sells its products in more than 110 countries around the world. Blount markets its products primarily under the OREGON, Carlton, Woods, SpeeCo, ICS and Pentruder brands. For more information about Blount, please visit