Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, announced today that it has acquired Shakespeare Composite Structures (www.skp-cs.com). Shakespeare, a U.S. market leader in fiberglass reinforced composite structures and products, and the originator of the composite light pole, has two manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and annual revenues of approximately$55 million. The acquisition extends Valmont’s leading product offerings in the lighting, traffic and utility markets. The acquisition closed today. No further transaction details were disclosed.
“This acquisition enables Valmont to combine Shakespeare with our existing composite products to create a complete product offering of composite structure solutions,” said Vik Bansal, Valmont’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The Shakespeare management team shares Valmont’s culture and passion for the customer and will be retained to manage the newly-formed composites business unit. The combination of Shakespeare’s products and capabilities with Valmont’s global presence allows us to broaden Valmont’s product line and offer greater distribution outlets for Shakespeare.”
“We are absolutely excited about being acquired by renowned industry leader, Valmont, as we fit so well with their core competencies and culture,” added Eric Haddad, General Manager of Shakespeare Composite Structures. “With Valmont’s global resources, we look forward to greater opportunities to grow our business and our team. The strategic acquisition emphasizes the importance of composite materials in engineered structural and high strength corrosion-resistant products.”
Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.
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