MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (Aug. 25, 2009) — B&J Manufacturing Co., a maker of tire buffing products for the retreading industry, reunited Aug. 16 with Switzerland's B&J Rocket Sales A.G.—its former subsidiary—after operating independently for six years.
The merged companies, renamed B&J Rocket America Inc., will continue to provide services to the Americas as well as the European, Asian and Pacific markets.
“The new global B&J Rocket family now provides two strong sales and manufacturing facilities under one joint organization,” said Andreas Muller, who has taken the role of managing director of the combined companies. “This represents a significant strategic advantage from which our customers can only benefit.”
Mr. Muller, who will be responsible for the strategic direction, coordination and alignment of the two companies, added that the merger will give all of B&J's business partners “worldwide easy access” to its product lines.
The company is located in Middlebury and will be headed by Todd Hart, who will serve as general manager. He previously worked as director of sales for the company.
Founded in 1942 by E. B. Jensen and Roy Barnes, B&J Rocket America sells a variety of products used for tire buffing, including Jet, Saturn, Apollo, Patriot and Eagle brand blades and bead seater rings and tanks.