Tennessee Machining and Fabrication Company Sold to Strategic Buyer in the Nuclear Industry
Two nuclear-focused businesses achieve significant synergies through strategic partnership.
About the Company
The origin of Master Machine, Inc. began with Mickey and Londie Wallin in 1993. Originally founded to service the textile and local general industrial markets of North Georgia, the Wallin's operated and grew the company into a small machine shop over their twenty-one years in business. In 2014, the retiring couple decided to sell their company to a fellow member of their church, Warren Brandon.
Brandon graduated from University of Arkansas in 2001 with a BS in Biological Engineering and an MBA. His 21 year career in the nuclear industry began as an engineer at the DC Cook plant in Michigan. In 2004, he transitioned to Sulzer Pumps, where he worked as a Manager in the Nuclear Service Center. in 2010, he joined MetalTek International to develop their nuclear division and participate in their M&A Activities. He stayed with MetalTek until his acquisition of Master Machine, Inc.
Under his leadership, the company immediately shifted their focus into high-specification markets, hiring critical quality and sales staff to establish a nuclear quality assurance program, and begin entry into high-specification markets. In just two short years, the company was audited an approved by TVA and Nextera Energy to provide machining services for Vogtle and VC Summer power plants.
Between 2016 and 2023, the company achieved many other significant milestones, including:
- 2019: CNS y12 & Pantex Audit & Approval
- 2019: Achieved Certification of ISO 9001:2015 & AS9100D quality standards
- 2020: Expanded into second facility, adding additional fabrication capabilities and Commercial Grade Dedication services
- 2021: Expanded into third facility to add additional packaging and shipping space
- 2022: Added to NUPIC accreditation database
- 2023: Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commercial Small Business of the year Award
How MidStreet Helped
Using MidStreet’s proven controlled auction process, Master Machine, Inc. attracted over 50 initial inquiries. Each buyer was then interviewed, and required to complete an NDA and provide a proof of financial support. Ultimately, MidStreet prequalified approximately 13 strategic & private equity buyers who were then given access to the marketing materials.
MidStreet created a marketing video and confidential information memorandum to help attract interest in the business. After interviewing several candidates and reviewing offers, Warren Brandon selected a strategic buyer in the nuclear industry to purchase his business.
Warren is continuing on as the President of Master Machine, Inc., with the backing of his new partner, and looks forward to many more years of business leadership and growth.