Blachford Acoustics Group Acquires Milcut Inc.

Milcut Incorporated and Blachford Investments, Inc. are thrilled to announce that Blachford has purchased Milcut, effective March 7th, 2022. Blachford intends to retain all employees, and Milcut products will continue to be manufactured at the Menomonee Falls, WI location, and the company will still operate as Milcut.

With this acquisition, Milcut will join the Blachford Acoustics Group, an industry leader in acoustic materials, molded headliners, and floor mats for heavy trucks, off-highway, and other industrial OEMs. Milcut’s current President, Carl Strohmaier, will stay on board full-time through the end of April, 2022 and will then transition to a consultant role. There are no planned operational changes, contact information, or staffing changes at this time.

With the addition of Milcut, Blachford Acoustics Group will now be able to offer the full suite of their current solutions and fabricated products made by Milcut. Additionally, Milcut’s team will now have access to Blachford Acoustics Group’s R&D laboratory and testing facilities. The Blachford Acoustics Laboratory and Research Center is a world-class facility featuring a sizeable Hemi-anechoic chamber equipped with a heavy-duty dynamometer, a reverberation room as well as a complete chemical/materials lab.

Blachford Acoustics Group, led by President & COO Matthew Taub, has grown significantly in the past decade, increasing its Canadian presence with the purchase of Blachford AM Ltd (formerly Presglas) in 2013 and expanding into the United Kingdom with the acquisition of Blachford UK Ltd. (formerly TMAT) in 2014.

Blachford Acoustics Group is the leading manufacturer of noise reduction materials used to protect the drivers and passengers of heavy trucks, construction equipment, and other industrial OEMs. Backed by a state-of-the-art acoustics laboratory and vertically integrated manufacturing plants in the USA, Canada, and the UK, we offer our clients custom-designed solutions. Blachford Acoustics Group is the technology leader in targeted markets, having served customers for over 100 years.

Milcut Inc. is a full-service fabricator of foam, rubber, plastic, and high-temperature materials. We carry open-cell foam, closed-cell foam, sheet rubber, masticated rubber, polyethylene, ABS, HDPE, LDPE, polypropylene, and more. For over 50 years, we’ve been working with our customers to create solutions from foam, rubber, fiber, and plastics to whatever challenges they present. It’s how we have earned our reputation as a strategic partner in manufacturing.

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Customers Who Trust Blachford Acoustics Group

“Blachford eliminated SKUs. Across product families, the reduction of one SKU is a $10k savings. Blachford eliminated 14 SKUs.”

– Noise Control Research Engineer – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“The first project with Blachford, it was a definite quality improvement, and it was over a million dollar yearly cost savings for just the purchase parts themselves. We went from 28 (SKU) parts to 14.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“Noise is important to brand image. It is one of the top factors along with driveability and reliability. Acoustics – it’s a 4 out of 5, it might even be a 5 in importance projecting the image, the brand, and the quality that we want projected to the market.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Our ten-fold growth prior to our acquisition was expedited by our working relationship with Blachford.”

– Design Engineer

“For our shareholders, we have to produce a product at the lowest cost, at the right level of quality and sell it at the highest price we can. We look for suppliers who can help us do that. Blachford helps us do that.”

– Global Procurement Manager – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“When a company does a spec, boundary conditions like humidity that day, temperature, that all matters. ASPM national or international spec. We try to verify where we can, but we don’t even have the equipment they have. We trust their specifications. Blachford brings innovative ideas, processes, materials, and offerings we value.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Then, bringing them in at the beginning with our new product design, it probably saved 6-12 months of development. We didn’t just wa nt the spec sheet value. We wanted customers to get in the machine and experience the difference.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“If we have an acoustics issue, we will reach out to Blachford since they are the experts. It saves us money because we do not have to keep an acoustic expert on site with an annual salary, with benefits, of $125K.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“As a mechanical engineer, we make stuff that is practical and affordable and Blachford’s materials routinely help me reach these goals.”

– Design Engineer

“We [purchasing department] reported savings of $100k annually from moving to the die-cut solution using Blachford.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

Customers Who Trust Blachford Acoustics Group

“Blachford eliminated SKUs. Across product families, the reduction of one SKU is a $10k savings. Blachford eliminated 14 SKUs.”

– Noise Control Research Engineer – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“The first project with Blachford, it was a definite quality improvement, and it was over a million dollar yearly cost savings for just the purchase parts themselves. We went from 28 (SKU) parts to 14.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“Noise is important to brand image. It is one of the top factors along with driveability and reliability. Acoustics – it’s a 4 out of 5, it might even be a 5 in importance projecting the image, the brand, and the quality that we want projected to the market.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Our ten-fold growth prior to our acquisition was expedited by our working relationship with Blachford.”

– Design Engineer

“For our shareholders, we have to produce a product at the lowest cost, at the right level of quality and sell it at the highest price we can. We look for suppliers who can help us do that. Blachford helps us do that.”

– Global Procurement Manager – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“When a company does a spec, boundary conditions like humidity that day, temperature, that all matters. ASPM national or international spec. We try to verify where we can, but we don’t even have the equipment they have. We trust their specifications. Blachford brings innovative ideas, processes, materials, and offerings we value.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Then, bringing them in at the beginning with our new product design, it probably saved 6-12 months of development. We didn’t just wa nt the spec sheet value. We wanted customers to get in the machine and experience the difference.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“If we have an acoustics issue, we will reach out to Blachford since they are the experts. It saves us money because we do not have to keep an acoustic expert on site with an annual salary, with benefits, of $125K.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“As a mechanical engineer, we make stuff that is practical and affordable and Blachford’s materials routinely help me reach these goals.”

– Design Engineer

“We [purchasing department] reported savings of $100k annually from moving to the die-cut solution using Blachford.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

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