TORONTO: There are plenty of mergers and acquisitions going on out there and Canadian PLANT has been one of them.

We are now part of the Toronto-based Business Information Group (BIG), a leading operator of Canadian trade magazines and industry-focused web sites, which acquired the Industrial Group of trade publications and directories from Rogers Publishing Ltd., part of the Rogers cable, wireless, media and entertainment empire.

The deal includes Canadian, Canadian Metalworking, Canadian Packaging, Canadian PLANT & PLANT West, Design Engineering, Food in Canada, MM&D, Plastics in Canada, Purchasingb2b, and the FRASERS Industrial Directory and several properties dealing with other business sectors.

This is a positive change for PLANT. BIG has several industrial titles, it cares about publishing magazines, and most importantly, it cares about its brands.

Indeed, as part of the Glacier Media Group in Vancouver, BIG is one of Canada’s largest publishers of business and trade magazines, and has the resources, market coverage and expertise to allow PLANT to thrive and continue engaging readers on matters of business and commerce in the world of manufacturing.

Bigger things to come. Stay tuned.