Anderson ZurMuehlen announces merger with Pinion

Phil Drake

Helena-based Anderson ZurMuehlen announced Thursday it is merging with Kansas-based Pinion on Jan. 1, and taking the Pinion name to provide business advisory and accounting services.

Pinion, which has roots going back to 1932, is a top 70 accounting and consulting firm providing solutions for food and agriculture, biofuels, manufacturing, construction, and banking industries, according to a news release provided by Anderson ZurMuehlen. Pinion advisers help clients overcome challenges and help businesses thrive.

Pinion Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wald said in the news release the combination of Pinion and AZ was an outstanding fit as both center on community-focused values “and a shared mission to drive businesses forward and improve the lives of those we work with.”

Rick Reisig, Anderson ZurMuehlen CEO, echoed those comments.

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“It’s been an exciting day for us,” he said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Anderson ZurMuehlen is the largest Montana-based CPA and business services firm with 217 personnel in offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena and Missoula.

Reisig said the merger may give Pinion the opportunity to expand into the Flathead area.

The company, founded in 1957, has provided tax,

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