Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. in the US has acquired Dallas, Texas-based Continental Equipment Company.

Continental will be operated under the Kirby-Smith Machinery name. The addition of Continental gives Kirby-Smith a total of nine branches in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis and Dallas.

Despite recent slowdowns in the construction industry, Kirby-Smith owner and president Ed Kirby said the acquisition comes at a good time. "We first entered the Texas market in 2000 and have been interested in further expanding our efforts there. By acquiring Continental and its five Texas branches, we will essentially triple our market potential in terms of machine sales."

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