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Atlas purchases BLMA Models

By Cody Grivno
Published: January 7, 2016
Atlas Model Railroad Co. purchased BLMA Models Inc. of Fullerton, Calif., in early January.BLMA, which began operations in 2000, produces rolling stock in HO and N scales, as well as scenery accessories, signals, and freight car detail parts in HO, N, and Z scales.

In the announcement, Atlas president and chief executive officer Paul Graf said, “BLMA’s reputation for detail and prototypical accuracy is compatible with Atlas’. The HO and N scale rolling stock will fit seamlessly into the Atlas Master Line of product. The details and accessories are a perfect complement to Atlas’ existing product line.”

Craig Martyn, founder and president of BLMA, added, “What started as a hobby business 16 years ago has turned into something larger than I ever expected. The experiences, knowledge, and most importantly, the friendships gained through developing BLMA have been life changing, and I will forever be grateful to the many that supported my endeavors.”

The sale will allow Martyn to focus on a non-model railroad business that he started in 2011. However, he will work with Atlas as a consultant, helping ensure a smooth transition after the sale and bring products BLMA had in development to fruition. Atlas will announce its first model from BLMA’s existing product line as soon as the sale is complete.

By Cody Grivno