Industrial scales maker sells to global company


Floor scale manufactured by D.C. Martin & Son Scales. Courtesy D.C. Martin & Son Scales

The owners of a local manufacturer of industrial scales have sold the business to a multinational supplier of weighing instruments.

David Martin and Pam Meier, third-generation owners of Wyoming-based D.C. Martin & Son Scales, recently sold their company to Columbus, Ohio-based Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE: MTD), according to their mergers and acquisition advisory firm, Grand Rapids-based Calder Capital, on Feb. 18.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Martin and Meier have worked in the business founded by their grandfather, Dave C. Martin, a first-generation immigrant from Scotland who achieved commercial success with a sixth-grade education, since 1984.

Under their ownership, D.C. Martin began expanding sales outside of West Michigan, becoming a supplier to large companies such as Amazon, Honeywell and Dematic.

When Meier decided to exit the business, she and Martin began to look for a successor that would allow her to exit and Martin to continue with the company longer term.

They approached Calder in 2018 to identify a buyer, and they said they found a good fit in Mettler-Toledo.

“While it was a difficult decision to sell our family business, which was now on the third generation, it was the right decision. … We received multiple offers and knew ultimately that we choose the best buyer in Mettler-Toledo,” Martin said.

D.C. Martin & Son Scales

Founded in 1955, D.C. Martin & Son Scales sells, installs, maintains and calibrates industrial scales and weighing systems for multiple industries, including food, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, agriculture and distribution.

Its products include counting scales, floor scales, heavy capacity (truck and rail) scales and high-precision scales.

The company is headquartered at 370 36th St. SE in Wyoming, with a satellite office in Kalamazoo.

D.C. Martin has 19 employees.

Mettler-Toledo International

Established in 1946, Mettler-Toledo is a global manufacturer and seller of precision instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications.

The company also provides various analytical instruments, process analytics instruments and end-of-line inspection systems.

Mettler-Toledo has over 16,000 employees across its sales and manufacturing footprint in Europe, North America and Asia.

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