Shaw & Shaw, a Columbus, Ohio, CPA firm, will merge with Dayton's Brady Ware in a deal effective Jan. 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The combined group will operate under the Brady Ware name and have 126 employees working in three offices -- Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Ind.

Brady Ware is a regional accounting and financial consulting firm that offers merger and acquisition assistance, employee benefits consulting and group insurance, qualified retirement plan administration, wealth management services, and specialized tax strategies for middle-market companies.

"The merger will expand the depth of service, expertise and geographical clout for Brady Ware," said Brady Ware managing director Gary Adamson, in a statement. "We've been looking to expand into Columbus for some time, and Shaw & Shaw will be a perfect fit for us." He said that the company plans to double the Columbus presence within the next three years.

Shaw & Shaw has industry expertise working with auto dealers, manufacturers, health care and distribution.

"We now have the personnel and organizational strength to expand our services to additional middle-market clients," said Shaw & Shaw president and senior partner Don Shaw, in a statement. "I have no concept of retirement in the traditional sense, and look forward to my continued work for many years with our clients and developing new client relationships."

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