NORTH ADAMS -- The Berkshire Anodizing Co. has been purchased by a firm from New York state that has formed a new company called Colonial Anodizing Inc.

Keymark Corp. of Fonda, N.Y., officially purchased Berkshire Anodizing on Monday, company spokesman Brent Slaton said. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the transaction had been in the works for about six months, he added.

Colonial Anodizing will operate out of Berkshire Anodizing's plant at 59 Hodges Cross Road.

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts aluminum surfaces into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish, according to the Aluminum Anodizers Council.

The company currently has 35 employees, according to Slaton, and no layoffs or changes in the plant's current management or staff are planned.

"That clearly is not our intention," Slaton said. "Our intention is to grow the business and improve on the operations to make it a profitable operation."

He said the "vast majority, if not all" of Berkshire Anodizing's current employees will remain on staff. Asked to clarify those remarks, Slaton said there could be some employees who decide to leave the company on their own.

"We will be adding positions," Slaton said. "How many new positions, I don't know."

A woman who answered the phone at Colonial Anodizing said the plant's managers weren't ready to speak with the media on Wednesday, but may comment in the future.

The company's name has already been changed to Colonial Anodizing on its website.

Berkshire Anodizing has an "excellent reputation" in the anodizing industry, Slaton said, but the new owners thought it best to form a new company with current management and employees because that would be the best method for achieving business growth. The plant currently operates on one shift, but Slaton said it's possible the new entity could run two shifts, or maybe three.

"We remain committed to the continued success, growth and overall improvement of the former Berkshire facility with the newly formed corporation," Keymark President William L. Keller III, said in a statement. "The creation of Colonial Anodizing will allow us to maintain and grow our anodizing base of customers.

"We remain optimistic that the markets we serve will continue their positive momentum," Keller said. "Colonial provides a wide footprint for expansion with its current capabilities and future opportunities."

Founded in 1964, Keymark Corp. is a leading manufacturer of aluminum extensions and finishing including anodizing and painting. In addition to its main plant in Fonda, which is near Amsterdam, N.Y., Keymark also operates a 100,000 square foot plant in Lakeland, Fla., that it built in 1998.

In 2010, Berkshire Anodizing obtained the assets of the former Modern Aluminum Anodizing Co. of North Adams, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2007. Berkshire Anodizing took over the facility at Hodges Cross Road when it purchased Mod-
ern Aluminum.

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