Worthington Industries has acquired BernzOmatic, a manufacturer and marketer of hand-held torches, solder and related items, from Irwin Industrial Tool Co. Specifically, the acquisition was made by the Pressure Cylinders segment of Worthington Industries. BernzOmatic manufactures from locations in Medina, N.Y., and Winston-Salem, N.C.
The purchase is expected to benefit Worthington by expanding the company’s range of products, as well as contributing to the already established hand-held torch cylinder business of Worthington Cylinders. Additionally, the purchase of BernzOmatic will offer Worthington access to international markets and to the plumbing wholesale channel. Worthington Industries also expects to benefit from BernzOmatic’s strong brand recognition.
John McConnell, chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries, said: “This acquisition accelerates our growth in the hand torch business with an establish