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Qualiform, Country Metals merge with Hixwood

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Three metal fabrication and post-frame building kit companies — Country Metals, Hixwood, and Qualiform Metals — are merging under the Hixwood name, creating a larger footprint for the combined entities.

With the merger, Hixwood now covers a 17-state region across the Midwest and Eastern U.S.

This merger creates new efficiencies, better access to supply and improved service to customers, said Brad Crawford, president and CEO of parent company Ambassador Supply.

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“Hixwood has had strong growth in the last decade. We will continue on that trajectory, and we will be making announcements soon about new expansions in Wisconsin and Ohio,” Crawford said. “All three of these companies have a legacy of excellence, and this merger will build on that foundation.”

Hixwood was founded in 1998 in Stanley, Wisc. and since that time has expanded, including 53% growth since being acquired by Ambassador in 2021. It moved more than 30,000 tons of steel last year alone, the company says.

“Hixwood is ready to expand, but we’ve lacked the capital and resources in recent years to do so as aggressively as we would like,” said Hixwood General Manager Paul Zimmerman.  “This merger allows us to move forward with confidence.”

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Customers of Country Metals and Qualiform Metals should expect the same commitment to quality services, Crawford said.

“The marketing, website and logos on the trucks have changed,” he said. “Our relationships with customers have not. If anything, this will provide more resources to ensure we meet customer needs.”

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