Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc. has reached an agreement to sell some of its key commercial and technical assets to CMS Cepcor Group. Under the agreement, CMS Cepcor Group will incorporate a new company Columbia Steel Cast Products LLC, which will trade independently as Columbia Steel and retain the key Columbia Steel engineering, sales, and commercial team. The CMS Cepcor Group said it is excited to further expand its global footprint, as well as grow the respected reputation Columbia Steel has held in the aggregate and mining marketplace for decades.
“Columbia Steel customers will be able to get the same parts in the same alloys they have come to depend upon and moving forward they will be able to do so at a more competitive price point,” said Mike Moehnke, sales and marketing director for Columbia. “In addition, key individuals in engineering and sales will be coming on-board to provide a smooth customer service transition.”
There is also a personal side to this new chapter in the Columbia Steel story, noted Columbia CEO Martha Cox, who is among the third generation of her family to be part of the company. “With joy and excitement, we’re looking forward to 2023 and a new beginning for the Columbia Steel brand,” she said. “Our Portland, Oregon manufacturing plant has closed, but we’re proud that our legacy will continue in the North American market under the Columbia Steel name, backed by the considerable skill and support of CMS Cepcor.”
“Columbia Steel is a company which I have looked up to and admired since I started my career in this industry 25 years ago,” said Chris Sydenham, CEO of CMS Cepcor Group’s U.S. operations. “As a long-proven market leader in crusher liner optimization, with strong technical capabilities and genuine customer focus, Columbia Steel is well aligned with CMS Cepcor. It was a pleasure working on this agreement with Martha and her team, and to reach such a positive outcome that will guarantee Columbia Steel’s legacy and positive impact on the industry will continue.”
CMS Cepcor is a global aftermarket leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of premium replacement parts to suit the leading crushing brands and models including all popular gyratory, cone, and jaw crushers. The company was incorporated in 1986 and continues to operate from its head office in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. CMS Cepcor currently distributes its products to more than 140 countries and has offices on three continents.