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MRO Magazine’s parent acquires several more publications

Toronto, ON - Machinery & Equipment MRO parent Business Information Group (BIG Magazines LP) of Toronto, a division of Glacier Media Inc. of Vancouver, has acquired the Industrial Group of trade publications, as well as associated digital...


Toronto, ON – Machinery & Equipment MRO parent Business Information Group (BIG Magazines LP) of Toronto, a division of Glacier Media Inc. of Vancouver, has acquired the Industrial Group of trade publications, as well as associated digital properties, trade shows, databases and directories, from Rogers Publishing Ltd. of Toronto.

The transaction includes the following magazines: Canadian Contractor; Canadian Metalworking; Canadian Packaging; Canadian Plant; Design Engineering; Food in Canada; Hardware Merchandising; Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning (HPAC); Le Bulletin des Agriculteurs; Materials, Management & Distribution (MM&D); Meetings & Incentives Travel (M&IT); On-Site; and Purchasing B2B. Also included are two online properties: Frasers.com and Canadian Manufacturing Online (CMO). The readership database of the various brands totals over 277,000 industry professionals.

Prior to the acquisition, BIG was already Canada’s largest publisher of trade magazines, online magazines, mailing lists and directories – including Scott’s – with a readership database of almost one million.

With its existing 33 trade magazines plus the 15 Rogers publications acquired, BIG’s stable now includes 48 print magazines and many dozens of other properties that reach almost every industrial market in Canada.

Glacier also is the largest agricultural publisher in Canada, is a major publisher of medical and investment fund information, and publishes several dozen community newspapers.