The Biehn family, investors in multiple industrial companies, including Miamisburg, Ohio-based industrial machine knife company American Cutting Edge, has acquired Barclay Roto-Shred Inc., a Stockton, California-based tire shredder equipment manufacturer, from former owner and CEO Mark Diemunsch. The acquired company will operate under the name Barclay Roto-Shred LLC.
“We’ve worked with Mark Diemunsch for many years, and when he indicated he was interested in retiring, the shareholders thought it made perfect sense to purchase the company to keep the Barclay Shredder legacy alive,” Chuck Biehn, CEO of American Cutting Edge as well as other Biehn family companies, says. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to continue to bring the tire-shredding market this high-quality machinery.”
“I’ve known the Biehn family for many years, and while I am retiring, I will be working closely with them as an advisor during the transition,” Diemunsch says. “I’m confident that great things are ahead for Barclay Roto-Shred based on Chuck Biehn’s understanding of the tire-shredding business and his vision for the future. I’m looking forward to seeing the expansion that’s planned for the manufacturing facility and inventory.”
Barclay's sales and customer service remain in Stockton, though manufacturing will move to the Dayton area, according to a news release from the Biehn family.
Jim Southern, formerly account manager at American Cutting Edge, has taken the role of sales manager at Barclay Roto-Shred LLC, learning the line from Diemunsch prior to his retirement. Southern will assume responsibility for driving the business forward and brings a decade of industrial knife manufacturing experience to the table, including significant time spent working with tire recycling original equipment manufacturers.
Additionally, Ron Combs, who has been with Barclay Roto-Shred for more than 25 years, will lead Barclay's manufacturing plant in the newly tooled facility in Miamisburg.
“We’re thrilled to have Ron continue his tenure with Barclay Roto-Shred LLC,” Biehn says. “It’s clear that Ron knows Barclay machines better than anyone, and his pride of craftsmanship has helped build the Barclay brand to what it is today.
“We’re looking forward to a new era for Barclay tire shredders and are excited for what the future holds,” he adds.