SMS Meer, a business area of the SMS Group, acquired engineering company Girard Associates. Strongsville, Ohio-based Girard Associates specializes in controls, hydraulics and robotic systems for the North American forging industry. Both companies will present new technologies together at Forge Fair March 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio. Robert Bolin will remain president and CEO of Girard. “We are looking forward to taking our organization to the next level with the support of SMS,” Bolin said. “We fully expect to improve and expand our ability to engineer, service and support our customer base.”

SMS Meer is a leading heavy-machinery and plant-engineering company for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. Activities for the fields of steelworks/continuous casting technology (long products), tube and pipe plants, long-products plants, forging plants, NF metals plants and heat-treatment technology are bundled in the SMS Meer business area.