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It may be one of Canada's oldest and most reliable companies but Samuel, Son & Co., Limited is looking to reinforce its leadership position in the metals industry through an innovative move into additive manufacturing and metal 3D printing.

Samuel has recently signed an agreement to purchase Burloak Technologies based in Dundas, Ontario, a Canadian leader in the engineering and design of additive manufacturing solutions including full 3D production metal printing capabilities.

"We are very excited about this announcement and what it will mean to Samuel and its customers," said Colin Osborne, President, Samuel Manufacturing. "Every indicator is pointing to additive manufacturing and 3D printing being a disruptive technology in many of the industries we supply."

Burloak Technologies designs, prototypes and develops production parts for aerospace, defense and commercial high tech companies. For Samuel, the acquisition will enhance Samuel's ability to support and partner with its customers and will pave the way for investment in the future of a significant market in the metals industry.

The acquisition will allow the two companies to provide the strongest independent supply chain solution in the North American market.

With facilities throughout North America, Samuel intends to rapidly scale the Burloak operations to deliver 3D metal printing solutions to customers globally.

Peter Adams, President, Burloak Technologies says the announcement will be welcomed by the market.

"I strongly believe this deal will deliver a level of stability and scale to the additive supply chain that both larger manufacturers and specialty players have been waiting for," Adams said.

"It combines the stability, expertise and financial strength of a 160-year-old North American powerhouse in the metals market, with the passion for transformational engineering and manufacturing solutions that is part of the Burloak culture."

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