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Finger Lakes firm sold to Ohio company

By Adam Rombel


Photo credit: Abtex Corp. Vimeo page

DRESDEN, N.Y. — Abtex Corporation, a Yates County–based supplier of brush deburring systems and technologies to the manufacturing industry, announced it has been acquired by the Malish Corporation of Mentor, Ohio.

Abtex, founded in 1980, is based in the village of Dresden near Seneca Lake. It supplies filament brushes and custom-designed deburring systems for a variety of machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked, and powdered-metal applications. Customers include manufacturers such as automotive Tier 2 and Tier 3 parts producers.

Malish Corp. designs and manufactures commercial and industrial brushes, custom plastic extrusions, rotational molded and other specialty products. Started in 1945, the company is family-owned, with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Ohio and additional manufacturing operations in Dongguan, China, and Wroclaw, Poland.

No financial terms of the acquisition were disclosed. The deal went into effect on Dec. 6.

“Abtex has become iconic in the deburring industry as the only company in the world that custom-designs and manufactures its own machines and brushes to work in perfect synchronization. We are delighted to welcome them into the Malish family,” Jeffrey J. Malish, president and CEO of Malish Corp., said in a statement. “This acquisition will further diversify our product line, and further enhance both companies’ ability to provide the highest quality products and services to our customers.”

Malish said Abtex will remain a standalone entity, operating from its current headquarters and manufacturing facility in Dresden, and all current employees will remain with the company.

Abtex President Jason Saner will stay on with Malish Corp.

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Photo credit: Abtex Corp. Vimeo page

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