Maine Wood Concepts acquires Vic Firth Gourmet

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 28, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Vic Firth Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of drumsticks, has announced the sale of its Vic Firth Gourmet division to Maine Wood Concepts.

Maine Wood Concepts, a family-owned business based in New Vineyard, will acquire Vic Firth Gourmet, which makes a variety of salt and pepper mills, rolling pins and muddlers. A muddler is a thick stick used to mash and crush fruits and herbs for mixed drinks.

“The acquisition of the gourmet line is a perfect fit and will create up to 20 additional jobs at the New Vineyard location,” Doug Fletcher, president of Maine Wood Concepts, said in a statement. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring this well-known and well-established ‘Made in Maine Gourmet Line’ into our company.”

Vic Firth decided to sell its gourmet line in order to focus on the drumstick business in Newport, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Maine Wood Concepts.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to be selling this business to the Fletchers,” said Vic Firth, founder of Vic Firth Inc. “They have been very successful at Maine Wood Concepts, and we have the highest respect for the way they manage and operate their business.”

The sale includes all of the equipment, inventory, intellectual property and customer lists associated with the gourmet line business.

Maine Wood Concepts was founded in 1971, and has been a manufacturer of custom wood turnings and moldings such as wooden nickels, craft items, toy parts, wooden knobs, handles and industrial wood components.

In 2005, Maine Wood Concepts acquired Cincinnati-based Lutz File and Tool Co. and Pride Manufacturing Co. based in Guilford.

Today, Maine Wood Concepts employs 80 workers at its New Vineyard locations.

The effect of the sale on jobs at Vic Firth’s Newport facility was not immediately clear. Attempts to reach Vic Firth officials were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Maine Wood Concepts said in its press release that the company anticipates it will “continue to manufacture most of the products currently made by Vic Firth Gourmet.”

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