Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS), a division of Hyde Tools, Inc., has announced the acquisition of the square edge slitting knives line from Thurston Manufacturing of Smithfield, RI. The purchase covers the product line and machinery to service existing Thurston customers and provide Hyde customers with better access to this line of knives used for cutting of thin sheet metal, paper, cloth, fabric and rubber.
"Thurston and Hyde have a very long history producing circular blades and knives for industry with both companies having been founded in the late 1800s," said Rob Scoble, President, The Hyde Group. "Both have enjoyed a long history of success, while staying firmly grounded in the present, offering products, services and solutions that are customer focused."
According to Hyde, there will be no outwardly apparent changes for Thurston square edge slitting knife customers as both companies are working hard to ensure a smooth and seamless transition with no service interruption. Production for this line will be moved to Hyde's ISO 9001:2015 certified facility in Southbridge.
Founded in 1883, Thurston Manufacturing specializes in the manufacturing and supplying of custom saw blades and circular cutting tool products to the global marketplace.
As a wholly-owned division of the Hyde Group, Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions services a wide variety of markets including food processing, cloth, textile and leather, hose and tube, tire and rubber, plastics processing, paper converting, packaging and abrasives as well as for general industrial applications.