Business

July 2, 2012

Precision Castparts broadens aerostructures capabilities with acquisition

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Klune Industries, a manufacturer of complex aluminum, nickel, titanium, and steel aerostructures.

Klune focuses on complex forming, machining, and assembly of aerostructure parts, in addition to offering significant expertise in a range of cold-formed sheet metal components.

The company, which operates facilities in North Hollywood, Calif.; Spanish Fork, Utah; and Kent, Wash., employs approximately 740 employees.

“Like Centra and Primus before that, Klune expands our reach into the widely fragmented aerostructures market,” said Mark Donegan, chairman and chief executive officer of Precision Castparts Corp. “Klune also offers significant synergies with our existing operations. Klune’s sheet metal and fabrication capabilities will be a major addition to our aerostructures product offering. “The company purchases castings, forgings, and fasteners, which can now be supplied internally, and their expertise in machining castings adds to the capabilities of our aerostructures companies. The Klune facilities in California and Washington are located very close to existing PCC aerostructures plants, enabling us to gain operational and geographical leverage. And, from a top-line perspective, Klune’s product line will significantly increase our dollar content on the Boeing 787, and they have solid positions on other major aircraft platforms, such as the Boeing 737 and Gulfstream G650.”

The cash acquisition will be immediately accretive to earnings. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be completed during the second quarter of fiscal 2013, after which Klune’s results will be reported as part of the Fastener Products segment.




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