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Automation and equipment company Duravant to acquire WECO


February 11, 2020, Downers Grove, IL & Woodland, CA – Engineered equipment leader Duravant LLC has signed an agreement to acquire Woodside Electronics Corporation (WECO), a manufacturer of optical colour and defect sorting equipment.

The acquisition of WECO, along with Key Technology which is already a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, will significantly extend Duravant’s reach across automated food processing and inspection categories with new complementary products, technologies and applications.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Don Douglas and the entire WECO team to Duravant,” Mike Kachmer, president and CEO of Duravant, said in a statement. “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.”

WECO president Don Douglas said the company is truly excited to join Duravant and looks 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.”

Duravant, headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, is a global automation and engineered equipment company that provides equipment and automation solutions to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

WECO, based in Woodland, Calif., has been designing, manufacturing, and servicing electronic sorters for fruits and nuts for over 30 years and has thousands of units deployed worldwide. WECO serves several industries, including tomatoes, walnuts, blueberries, pecans and wine grapes.



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