The M. K. Morse Company — a global manufacturer of industrial and commercial cutting tools and accessories with its headquarters in Canton, Ohio — has acquired a longtime distribution partner and welding center, PJ Wiseman Ltd.
Based in North Yorkshire, UK, PJ Wiseman will now be known as The M. K. Morse Company UK Ltd. In addition to Wiseman and the Canton facility, Morse has four other distribution centers worldwide.
“We are excited as a company for this next step. It sticks to our roots of being a family business and shows loyalty to both our internal and external UK customers,” said Meagan Sonner-Martino, who is part of the Morse third generation of ownership. “Our decades-long relationship with Paul and his team is meaningful to us and we love that Gemma is staying on to grow Morse. It is great to be joining two families together to create a bigger one.”
A partner of Morse for more than 30 years, PJ Wiseman was founded by Paul Wiseman in 1988 and services customers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the EU. Wiseman, who is preparing for retirement, and his daughter, Gemma Harling, worked with the Morse team on the acquisition. Harling will continue to work with Morse as General/Office Manager after the ownership transition.
“It is a great gateway into the UK, where we already have a foothold and a set of customers. Morse’s next generation of leadership is interested in expanding globally, and this is a good first step toward where we want to go in the future,” said Sonner-Martino.