Duravant has entered into an agreement to acquire Woodside Electronics Corporation (WECO), a manufacturer of optical colour and defect sorting equipment.
With the deal, Duravant said it will “significantly extend” its reach across automated food processing and inspection categories with new complementary products, technologies and applications.
Headquartered in Woodland, California, WECO is focused on optical sorting technology for fruits and nuts. The technology is designed to eliminate the need for manual hand labour and maximise throughput.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Don Douglas and the entire WECO team to Duravant,” said Mike Kachmer, CEO of Duravant.
“WECO’s culture of customer-centric innovation and commitment to rapid and effective new product development makes them a wonderful addition to the Duravant family. WECO moves us into new markets with product-focused applications that are complementary to Key Technology’s offerings, allowing us to provide an even more complete solutions set to our customers.”
Don Douglas, president of WECO, added: “WECO is truly excited to join Duravant, and we look forward to collaborating with the portfolio of Duravant companies.
“Duravant and WECO are clearly aligned with a shared culture and Duravant’s global footprint will assist us in accelerating growth while continuing to provide world-class innovation and support to our customers.”
Headquartered in Illinois, Duravant is an automation and engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Last year, the company acquired Wulftec International, a manufacturer of semi-automatic end-of-line stretch wrapping equipment.
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