ParkOhio Reaches Agreement in Principal to Acquire Erie Press Systems
ParkOhio (NASDAQ: PKOH), a leading provider of supply chain management services and highly-engineered manufactured products, announced today that it has reached an agreement in principal to acquire EFCO, Inc. d/b/a Erie Press Systems (Erie Press), headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie Press is an industry recognized leader in the manufacturing of advanced forging presses, hydraulic and mechanical presses, and metal stretch-forming and carbon extrusion machines for several end markets, including aerospace and defense, primary metals and high-speed rail.
Edward F. Crawford, President, stated, “The acquisition of Erie Press, with annual revenues of approximately $20 million, will be immediately accretive to earnings. Erie Press has an impressive history of designing and building engineered-to-order equipment for the aerospace and other industries for over 120 years and is a complement to our Engineered Products forging strategy.”
The deal is subject to a definitive agreement with customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.
ParkOhio is a diversified international company providing world-class customers with a supply chain management outsourcing service, capital equipment used on their production lines, and manufactured components used to assemble their products. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, ParkOhio operates more than 125 manufacturing sites and supply chain logistics facilities worldwide, through three reportable segments: Supply Technologies, Assembly Components and Engineered Products.
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