Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC announced today a merger with Pennsylvania-based firm Carbis Walker LLP. The new firm, Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP, will likely be one of the top 100 largest accounting firms in the United States. Management of both Arnett Foster Toothman and Carbis Walker shared the news with staff at planned meetings within their respective offices on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Steve Robey and James Hunt

“This is a welcome merger of two highly diverse and well-managed firms who share similar corporate cultures and philosophies,” said Steve Robey, CEO of the new firm. ”It is a bold and an exciting move not only for our firms but for our region. Our combined expertise makes Arnett Carbis Toothman ideally positioned to provide clients even higher levels of service and counsel, and in broader areas.”

Arnett Carbis Toothman Pennsylvania offices will include locations in New Castle, Pittsburgh, and Meadville, complementing West Virginia offices in Charleston, Bridgeport, Buckhannon, Morgantown, and Lewisburg, as well as Columbus, Ohio.

The two firms share similar historical timelines. Arnett Foster Toothman traces its roots to 1950 and employs 160 people. Carbis Walker was formed in 1946 and employs 105 people.

“The new firm immediately enhances our existing niche sectors and strengthens newbusiness opportunities,” emphasized James Hunt, formerly Carbis Managing Partner who will now be Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. “Our combined expertise and experience in sectors such as health care, construction, financial institutions, oil and gas/ natural resources, and manufacturing, among others, will certainly be an asset to clients requiring world-class service over a regional footprint.” Hunt noted the combined firms will now have expanded capabilities and even greater specialization and will be “uniquely positioned to provide greater technical support to clients.”

Robey and Hunt commented the management teams of both firms will remain intact and will continue their management and leadership roles with the new firm. Hunt also added cutbacks or layoffs are not anticipated. “If anything, our new company will create expanded opportunities for existing – and new – staff.”

Robey outlined that the subsidiary and affiliated companies of both firms will for now continue with “business as usual.” Total Practice Management, LLC and Walker Benefits, Inc. will become subsidiaries of Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP. The operations of AF Financial Holdings LLC (AFFH), and its subsidiaries that include AF Financial Advisors LLC (AFFA) and AF Insurance Advisors LLC (AFIA), will operate as affiliated companies of Arnett Carbis Toothman. Robey also noted that it is anticipated that OPIS LLC and AFFA will combine operations to provide consistent, unified asset management to all clients.

The merger is Arnett Foster Toothman’s second growth initiative in 28 months. In July 2012, Arnett & Foster PLLC merged with West Virginia firm Toothman Rice LLP. Prior, the Arnett & Foster firm made it’s first move across state lines when it opened a Columbus, Ohio office in 2011.