Ingersoll Rand Co. recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Geith International, a leading provider of attachment products for construction equipment, from management shareholders and two venture capital funds managed by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Ltd. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006. Terms were not disclosed.
"Geith represents a key element in our strategy to grow our global attachments business, and augment our base of recurring revenues," said Herbert L. Henkel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. "Geith's brand reputation, distribution channel and diverse line of attachments complement and extend the established attachments offerings of our construction and compact-equipment businesses. In addition, Geith's technologies will enable us to more quickly and cost-efficiently bring to market innovative products across our attachment business."
Founded in 1950 and based in Slane, Ireland, Geith develops a wide range of attachments for equipment used in general construction, excavation, demolition and scrap handling industries. In addition to its facility in Slane, Geith operates production, sales and service facilities in Tredegar, Wales, and Petersburg, Va., and a sales office in Pierrelaye, France. For its fiscal year ending March 31, Geith generated revenues of approximately $54 million. The company has approximately 290 employees.
Geith International will operate as part of the attachments business unit within the Ingersoll Rand Construction Technologies Sector, which designs, manufactures, sells and services road construction and repair equipment, portable power products, general-purpose construction equipment, attachments and portable light towers and compressors.