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The Firm

Founded by Nick Merkel in 1986, Merkel & Associates, Inc. eventually grew to a firm comprised of five professionals with senior-level executive experience in manufacturing and investment banking. The vast majority of our sell-side clients were manufacturers and industrial distributors with annual revenues between $5 million and $50 million, run by owner-operators. Additional clients included strategically focused buyers and multinational companies seeking to divest one or more subsidiaries.

After a great run, health and retirement issues resulted in our suspension of operations in 2017. Nick subsequently joined EdgePoint Capital Advisors, LLC in a business development capacity, sourcing high-quality manufacturing companies and industrial distributors in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania as sell-side clients. In December of 2020, he left EdgePoint and reactivated Merkel & Associates, Inc. as an M&A advisory firm and soon developed a network of highly skilled professionals to assist with transactions as needed.