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June 26, 2012 Blog 1 min read

There are a lot of things that are good on their own, but when you put them together, they get even better:

  • Bread and butter
  • Peas and carrots
  • Simon and Garfunkel (yes, Paul Simon’s had a great career, but I’d argue he was better with Garfunkel)
  • Joe Montana and Jerry Rice

And of course, macaroni and cheese. Effective July 1, we have a new pair to add to that list: Plante Moran and Blackman Kallick.

Plante Moran Is Merging With Chicago-Based Blackman Kallick!

That’s right…Plante Moran is merging with Blackman Kallick, a Chicago, Ill.-based accounting, tax, and consulting firm with a 50-year history of serving Chicago middle-market clients. In addition to great client service, one of our strategic goals is growth, and Chicagoland is one of our prime growth markets. We constantly strive to strengthen our position in the markets we serve. We’ve had a growing presence in Chicago for years, and this merger will help us to achieve our vision: to become Chicago’s predominate accounting, tax, and consulting firm.

As of July 1, Plante Moran will be the seventh largest firm in Chicagoland, with more than 390 staff. More than numbers, however, it’s about people—the opportunities this will provide for our clients and staff. We’re fortunate to have found a firm that’s so similarly aligned with our core values and client service model. These are truly two great firms coming together—we couldn’t be happier about this merger.

For more information, check out our merger micro site at In the meantime, let’s think of other duos who are better together. Laurel & Hardy, Siskel & Ebert, Ben & Jerry…