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Timken to sell Canadian and U.S. arms of Kilian Bearings

Canton, OH -- The Timken Company plans to sell Kilian Manufacturing Corp. of Syracuse, N.Y, and its affiliate, Kili...


September 10, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Canton, OH — The Timken Company plans to sell Kilian Manufacturing Corp. of Syracuse, N.Y, and its affiliate, Kilian Canada ULC of Toronto, to an affiliate of Genstar Capital, L.P. of San Francisco, Calif., a private investment firm, and members of Kilian’s management team. Kilian produces machined-race bearings, including ball and roller bearings and assemblies, for broad industrial and automotive applications, and in 2003 had net sales of approximately $40 million.

“Kilian is an excellent business, and we are pleased to have found a strong buyer that will enable it to continue to grow,” said James W. Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Timken. “While Kilian is not a strategic fit for The Timken Company since its products and applications are outside our traditional areas, we believe Kilian will benefit from a management team focused solely on its products and its industry. At Timken, we will continue to focus on achieving profitable growth worldwide by providing innovative solutions, products and services that meet the unique needs of our customers.”

The transaction is expected to close in October 2004. Timken expects to use the proceeds from the sale of Kilian to pay down debt and for other corporate purposes.

“We are very excited about the potential of this business,” said William Duff, president and chief operating officer of Kilian Manufacturing. “Kilian has a wide customer base of nearly 500 OEMs, expertise in designing custom solutions for its large customer base, and strong engineering and manufacturing capabilities. We expect to leverage all of these strengths to further enhance Kilian as a successful, profitable enterprise.”


“With management’s experience in building basic industrial businesses, Genstar believes that we can further build upon Kilian’s market-leading position in North America to capitalize on new opportunities to deliver growth both organically and through add-on acquisitions and ultimately deliver value for Kilian’s customers and shareholders,” said Jean-Pierre L. Conte, chairman and managing director of Genstar Capital, L.P.

Founded in 1922, Kilian employs 344 at manufacturing facilities in Syracuse, N.Y. and Toronto, Ont. Its products are used in such diverse applications as sliding and overhead doors, furniture, appliances, conveyors and automotive steering. Kilian was acquired by The Torrington Company in 1975. Timken acquired Torrington in 2003.

Genstar Capital ( ) is a private-equity investment firm that makes leveraged investments in quality companies.

Timken is a global manufacturer of highly engineered bearings and alloy steels and a provider of related products and services with operations in 27 countries.