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Parker Hannifin Buys Vansco electronics

Parker Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) has acquired Vansco Electronics from Kilmer Capital Partners and Borealis Private Equity. No financial terms were disclosed, except that Vansco had 2007 sales of approximately $180 million.  Vansco is a Canadian maker of electronic controls, sensors, displays, terminals, communication and operator interfaces.


Parker Hannifin Corp., the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has acquired Vansco Electronics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of electronic controls, displays and terminals, communication and operator interfaces, and sensors. Vansco systems for mobile equipment, a primary Parker market, include key applications for agricultural, construction, material handling, bus, RV, and specialty truck equipment. Vansco facilities in Canada, the United States, Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom employ 1,005 people. In the fiscal year ending August 31, 2007, Vansco achieved sales of approximately $180 million. Approximately 83 percent of Vansco's sales are made in Parker's Industrial North America reporting segment. This acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings in its first full year of operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Vansco will become a part of the global operations of Parker's hydraulic technology business. It will complement a broad line of hydraulic components and systems including pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, hydraulic drives, energy recovery systems, and vehicle cooling and engine management systems.

“We are very excited to welcome Vansco to Parker,” said Jeff Cullman, Group President – Hydraulics. “Its controls are complementary to our IQAN controllers and sensors, which will allow us to completely integrate motion control systems for mobile equipment produced by leading international manufacturers. Parker and Vansco share a common customer base and the combined strength of the two companies will further our ability to engineer complete systems and improve the productivity and profitability of our customers' products.”

“We have been well aware of Parker as the motion and control leader for quite some time,” said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, CEO of Vansco. “We are pleased that Parker, an established leader in many of Vansco's markets, will significantly expand our capability to service our many valued mobile equipment customers.”

About Parker Hannifin

With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 51 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information site at