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Central Boiler acquires WoodMaster

In the United States (US), Central Boiler Companies, the parent company of Central Boiler Inc., a leading North American manufacturer of outdoor wood and wood pellet furnaces, has announced that it has acquired the WoodMaster brand of outdoor furnaces. Central Boiler has formed an affiliate named WoodMaster, Inc. and plans to continue to grow the WoodMaster brand.

Two Minnesota biomass furnace brands come under one roof as Central Boiler (left) acquires compatriot WoodMaster. The “WoodMaster Force 20” from Northern Manufacturing Inc (right) attracted serious attention during the 2012 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Atlanta, Georgia (GA). The “Renovator” burner unit is of Swedish origin, from Ulma AB who have a supply contract, and specifically adapted by Northern Manufacturing for US conditions. Here Todd Strem, WoodMaster (left), Doug Schuller an interested visitor to the stand and Jill Gagner, WoodMaster, discussing technical details.

Central Boiler, Inc. began operating in 1984 and is a leading North American manufacturer of quality outdoor wood, and wood pellet furnaces with the production of the first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program qualified outdoor furnace in 2007 and the first EPA certified furnace in 2014. Central Boiler has a sales and dealer network established throughout the United States and Canada and exports its patented technology to several overseas countries.

Altoz, Inc. is a subsidiary of Central Boiler Companies, Inc. and manufactures zero-turn mowers, including the first zero-turn mower with tracks. Altoz has a dealer network in the United States and distributors in New Zealand and Australia.

Since 1989, WoodMaster has built industry-leading outdoor furnaces, continually finding innovative uses of natural energy and alternative fuel sources. The company was the first to manufacture bioenergy flex fuel furnaces and one of the first to manufacture an outdoor wood furnace that meets the 2020 EPA emission limits. The company’s dealer network is established throughout the United States and Canada.

This acquisition brings two iconic names in the outdoor wood furnace industry together, each benefiting from the economies of scale that will be achieved through increased purchasing power, reduced costs, lower overhead and more efficient distribution. Two separate successful brands working together is stronger than one successful brand alone. Central Boiler and WoodMaster have a complementary network of dealers primarily in the United States and Canada and distributors in select markets outside North America. The synergies and similar corporate philosophies provide the right environment for a smooth transition and solid growth strategy for both brands. “We look forward to growing our business by adding talented people and a strong brand to our organization, said Dennis Brazier, President and CEO of Central Boiler.

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