Bluff Manufacturing acquired Dallas, TX-based B&L Structures, a national steel manufacturer whose clients include NASA, Tuesday Morning, Burlington Coat Factory, Anderson Systems and Aviall. Details of the acquisition are not being disclosed, but Bluff Manufacturing confirms the deal has been structured to provide B&L’s owners a seven-figure payout over the next four years. In addition, the B&L Structures brand will be retained and production of B&L Structures’ products, previously outsourced, will be moved to Bluff’s Fort Worth, TX, headquarters. The products will continue to be available through B&L’s national network of distributors, many of which also work with Bluff Manufacturing.
According to Bluff Manufacturing President Clark Smith, the purchase is a strategic move to increase its current product offerings and gain market share. “We made the decision to acquire B&L Structures because it adheres to our philosophy of innovative design, quality craftsmanship and providing value to the customer,” stated Smith, noting Bluff will create several new positions as a result of the purchase, including an engineer, draftsman, dedicated support services representative, and several certified welders. “Like all Bluff products, these focus on increasing in-plant efficiency, space utilization and safety.”
The acquisition of B&L Structures, which began operations in the 1970s, will add several new products to Bluff Manufacturing’s portfolio, including mezzanines, multi-level carton flow system, multi-level shelving units, multi-level carousel picking systems, free standing conveyor support structures, stairways, service and maintenance platforms, heavy duty pallet and cantilever rack, work platforms, and mobile units. In addition, B&L Structures’ exterior handrails and guide rail systems complement Bluff Manufacturing’s existing Crash Guard warehouse safety products, which include safety rail, rack guard, machine guard, pipe guard, floor rail, post protector, door track protector and modular protective barrier.