Plante Moran and Blackman Kallick to Merge July 1

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SOUTHFIELD — Plante Moran and Blackman Kallick, LLP., Tuesday announced the companies will merge, effective July 1.

The combined firm will make Plante Moran the seventh largest accounting firm in Chicago with three local offices serving more than 5,000 clients in the manufacturing, real estate and construction, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital, not-for-profit, services and technology industries.

“When I think about this merger, I can’t help but think about the synergy it creates,” said Plante Moran managing partner Gordon Krater. “The combination strengthens both firms beyond the market leadership position they currently enjoy and raises the bar to create Chicago’s preeminent accounting, tax, and consulting firm for clients and staff. It’s incredibly exciting.”

Plante Moran and Blackman Kallick have served as business leaders throughout the Midwest for nearly 140 years combined. Together, they will employ 2,000 staff members in 22 offices in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio and three offices internationally. Combined revenue for both firms in 2011 was approximately $375 million.

For more information, visit www.bkmerger.plantemoran.com.

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