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Merfish buys assets of pipe distributor BBL

Keywords: Tags  Merfish Pipe & Supply Co., BBL Co., pipe and tube distributor, steel pipe and tube, pipe fittings, flanges Gerald Merfish, Pipe Exchange Inc., One Equity Partners Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Merfish Pipe & Supply Co. has purchased the assets of pipe distributor BBL Co. for an undisclosed amount.

"Our acquisition of the assets of BBL ... marks a new and exciting chapter for Merfish as we bring our industry-leading master distribution of steel pipe, fittings and flanges to the Northeastern USA," chief executive officer Gerald Merfish said in a statement Aug. 1.

Merfish and BBL did not return requests for additional comment.

Houston-based Merfish, which also owns line pipe distributor Pipe Exchange Inc., was recently acquired by One Equity Partners (OEP), the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (, Jan. 8)

Kulpsville, Pa.-based BBL is an authorized distributor of U.S. Steel Corp. and Wheatland Tube Co. products, and carries carbon, alloy, stainless steel, nickel and aluminum pipe and tube in ⅛-inch to 24-inch sizes, according to the statement.

Merfish is a master distributor of welded and seamless standard pipe, seamless pipe fittings and carbon steel forged flanges.

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