Officials of Grant Thornton, a national accounting and consulting company that has an office in Salt Lake City, have combined their operation with MCS Associates, a national consulting group that provides a broad range of services to financial institutions throughout the United States.

Roger Brown, managing partner in the company's Salt Lake office, said the merger will significantly strengthen services to Utah financial institutions.Founded in 1973, MSC provides consulting services on business and strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, regulatory issues and profitability improvement to thrift institutions, mortgage companies and commercial banks.