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BID Group of Companies acquires WaneShear

December 3, 2015 - The BID Group of Companies has acquired WaneShear Technologies LLC of Ukiah, CA, along with the services of sawmill legend Ron McGehee. The announcement was made during the company's open house today at the unveiling of its newest Comact facility in Mirabel, Que.

"I'm getting a little old to be trying to pursue all these ideas on my own," McGehee joked during the announcement. "I am very happy to have partners who can help me bring ideas to market, and am looking forward to what we can accomplish." Joining McGehee in the announcement was BID owner Brian Fehr and CEO Alistair Cook.

"Adding Ron McGehee and his experienced team expands our equipment and service product lines, including the new Profiling Machine for primary and secondary breakdown systems," explains Cook. "This new line of products and Ron's expertise in breakdown equipment and sawmill technologies will further enhance the BID Group's abilities to offer a complete solution to our highly valued customers."

Ron and his team are relocating to BID's south Carolina complex.

Modern complex

This news was shared with over 300 employees and clients on December 3rd, as Comact unveiled its greenfield office, assembly and testing facility just north of Montreal. The new Mirabel complex features more than 30,000 sq. ft. of space and will house 110 employees, including 35 engineers and programmers and 25 certified wood professionals. Its focus is on the company's line of scanning and optimization equipment, including product development, testing, parts support, assembly, service and training. The building includes state-of-the-art IT support and team meeting areas, as well as client lumber storage and testing facilities, bench testing for both new and retro-fit projects, a ServiPlus centre with 24/7 support capabilities, and room to grow.

The building boasts a modern and open design, with excellent working conditions and employee facilities. In recognition of the industry it serves, a variety of wood species and finishes are used throughout the buidling.


December 3, 2015
By Andrew Snook


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