Rodefer Moss & Co. plans to merge with Melhiser Endres Tucker, expanding the firm from its Tennessee base into Indiana and Kentucky.

The merged firm will operate under Rodefer Moss's name. Rodefer Moss has offices in Knoxville, Nashville, Greeneville and Kingsport, Tenn. Melhiser Endres Tucker has two Indiana locations, in New Albany and Corydon, and an office in Louisville, Ky. The merger goes into effect on Sept. 1.

"Combining these firms gives our clients an even broader range of experience and talent," said CEO Jimmy Rodefer (pictured) in a statement. Doug York, president of Melhiser Endres Tucker since 2004, will become president of Rodefer Moss. Rodefer will maintain his office in Knoxville, while York's office will remain in New Albany.

Rodefer and York began discussions about combining their firms more than a year ago after meeting each other and working together through their affiliations with the BDO Seidman Alliance. "We took the idea of bringing our two firms together to our respective partners, spent several months working out the details, and we're delighted to be one company," said York in a statement.

Rodefer Moss was first formed in 1990 in Greeneville by Bill Moss and Bob Rodefer, by acquiring the northeast Tennessee accounting practice of KPMG. Norman Melhiser and Edward Endres formed their partnership in 1969.

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