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Concept Machine acquires B.C. MacDonald and Metrology Center

Concept Machine acquires B.C. MacDonald and Metrology Center

B.C. MacDonald Team in St. Louis, MO

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 5, 2021 – Concept Machine, a Midwestern US capital goods and consumables distributor, has closed on its acquisition of B.C. MacDonald & Co. and its subsidiary Metrology Center. Concept Machine sells and services specialty machine tools, measuring and gaging equipment, and additive manufacturing equipment along with related consumables across six states. B.C. MacDonald sells and services measuring and gaging equipment, specialized cutting tools, and cutting fluids and coolants across four states.

The acquisition positions both companies for growth. Together, the combined company reaches nine states including Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. With nearly 100 team members and deep functional expertise in automation, machining, precision measurement, and additive manufacturing, the combined company serves as a one-stop shop for aerospace, medical device, heavy machinery, general industrial and defense industries and their tiers.

“Acquiring B.C. MacDonald makes Concept a stronger partner for our customers and suppliers,” said Andrew Hecker, CEO of Concept Machine. “With B.C. MacDonald’s rich history, strong team, complementary geography and product lines, and a similar dedication to delivering the right solutions for its customers as Concept, this is a great match. We are investing for growth.”

US manufacturers rely on precision measuring equipment to produce engineered products with ever tighter tolerances. Both Concept and B.C. MacDonald provide these to customers, along with value-added training, service and support. Both also support a continued trend in automation, whether partial or fully lights out, helping manufacturers retain or re-shore operations in the US.

“Through three generations B.C. MacDonald & Co has worked hard to be better and the acquisition by Concept Machine will assure our customers, employees and suppliers we have achieved this for yet another generation.” Adds Reggie MacDonald, President of B.C. MacDonald & Co. “Concept Machine’s solid reputation in machine tools, metrology, perishable tooling and services is complemented by B.C. MacDonald in this Midwest market and our customers and suppliers will benefit from our combined talents.”

Concept Machine and B.C. MacDonald have commenced informing customers and suppliers of the combination and plan future announcements supporting their combined growth plans.



Established in 1974, Concept Machine is a privately held distributor representing specialty manufacturers. Concept sells and services machine tools, metrology equipment, additive manufacturing equipment, and related consumables. Concept serves precision manufacturers and job shops in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin from two locations, a headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a showroom and service center in Delafield, Wisconsin. Concept also provides automation and turnkey solutions for lights out manufacturing. For more information, visit


Established in 1927, B.C. MacDonald & Company is a third-generation distributor representing several specialty tooling and gaging manufacturers, providing technical sales and support for a variety of specialized cutting tools, dimensional gaging products and cutting fluids and coolants.

B.C. MacDonald serves customers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois from two locations, a headquarters in St. Louis Missouri, and from the Metrology Center in Lisle, Illinois, serving the Chicagoland market with an emphasis on gaging and metrology solutions and localized technical support. For more information, visit

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