Nix Companies Announces Acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine, Inc.

POSEYVILLE, IN (October 18, 2021) – Nix Companies Inc. is proud to announce that it has acquired Northend Gear & Machine, Inc., a Fairfield, Ohio, based company specializing in machining, gear manufacturing, gearbox repair, and rebuilding.  ‘Northend’ is now an independent division of Nix Metals, which is Nix Companies’ primary operating entity, and will continue to serve its growing customer base from its Fairfield facility, located just north of Cincinnati. 

About Northend: Northend Gear & Machine was founded in 1988 by partners Dave Shope, Duane Ratcliff, and Dan Rockenfelder.  It was operated continuously by the trio for 33 years where it grew from a small garage shop into a dominant regional shop, housed in a 30,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility, with an exceptional team.The current management team comprises over 160 years of combined experience. 

The previous owners provided the following statement: “While the decision to transition ownership of the business wasn’t easy, the fact that we and Nix Companies share the same vision for the future of the shop and value for our employees, sure eased our minds. Their commitment to continued operation of the business and our customers was a huge attraction. Please know, Northend Gear will strive to service our customers’ needs as we have for the last 33 years, and we believe you are in good hands.”

About Nix: Nix is a metal fabricator and specialty trades contractor. We specialize in manufacturing, maintenance, and industrial products sales. We believe our competitive advantage is the caliber of our people, our corporate culture, and our mission to “Be Big, Act Small ℠”. This means we are big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you. We are a midwestern based company with a national reach. 

Nix was founded in Poseyville, Indiana, in 1902 as a blacksmith shop by Charles Nix, the great-great-grandfather of the current fifth-generation principal owners, Matthew and Adam Nix. Nix has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” as well as INC 5000’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” in the U.S. We stand on the foundation of our century old values, while Forging Ahead℠ to find better solutions that help keep America’s Industries safe, efficient, and reliable. ​

Matthew Nix, President of Nix Companies, offered the following statement about the acquisition: “Over five generations, our business has grown and evolved, but our core values have remained the same. We share similar values and culture with the Northend Gear & Machine management team, a key factor in our decision to partner with them. We have retained all team members and are excited to bring them into our extended Nix family and corporate culture. This acquisition continues to build upon our strong and synergistic portfolio of metal services. It also expands our core geography and customer base eastward, while adding some outstanding and experienced team members.”

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