Modern Metal Products Acquires Big Bear: A Plan to Kick Off the New Year Right


Big Bear tooling racks and carts company has found a new home at MMP Modern Metal Products, based in Owatonna, MN. Big Bear, a company that has been in business since 1980 and was located in Oakdale, MN had established itself as an industry leader in industrial tool storage and accessories. MMP plans to continue to offer the same high-level of product and service the industry has come to appreciate from Big Bear.



"We believe that the tooling carts and cabinets are useful and complement MMP's custom metal solutions," stated Shawn Pfieffer, operations manager of MMP. "When the opportunity came to acquire Big Bear, we wanted to jump on it because we know how great of a product it is."



Big Bear products range from tool holder racks, carts, cabinets and shelving for all sizes of tools. All products are made from heavy gauge steel and are practical storage solutions for industrial tooling and machine shops. These products also allow flexible, individualized work station design options, so a shop can create the flow and efficiencies needed for their space.



MMP Sales Team is also excited about another plan in the works to bring one of their own product lines over to Big Bear. "We have been producing Mega-Peg for quite some time now, but now that we have Big Bear, it only makes sense to take something like Mega-Peg, which is a storage solution and add it to Big Bear."



The Big Bear brand name, product quality and friendly service will remain the same, but MMP plans to make access to the product easier for customers.



"We're taking this new addition to the company seriously," shares MMP Marketing Director Ethan Pfieffer. "One way we (MMP) can make an improvement to a great product is how we showcase it. So, we'll be updating BigBearRacks.com website to cleanly showcase the racks and cabinets—we're even planning to offer ‘how-to' instructional videos on assembly."



The bottom line on the Big Bear and MMP merger is that two solidly built products, tooling racks and tooling storage, as well as custom sheet metal solutions, have come together to enhance MMP's mission: we shall constantly strive to offer the highest quality product to all our customers.



About MMP

Modern Metal Products, est. 1925 has been in business for 90 years. MMP is a custom sheet-metal fabrication shop that currently employs nearly 50 high-skilled staff that has a history of manufacturing specialized products spanning the company's history from milk bottle holders, to more recent products like fire extinguisher cabinets and automated external defibrillators (AED) cabinets. MMP can create any custom sheet metal fabricated project.


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