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Timken to acquire Drives LLC

Canton, OH - The Timken Company has agreed to acquire privately held Drives LLC for $92 million in cash (all figures in US dollars). Based in Fulton, IL., Drives is a manufacturer of highly engineered drive-chains, roller-chains and conveyor...


Canton, OH – The Timken Company has agreed to acquire privately held Drives LLC for $92 million in cash (all figures in US dollars). Based in Fulton, IL., Drives is a manufacturer of highly engineered drive-chains, roller-chains and conveyor augers for the agricultural and industrial marketplace. The company posted sales of approximately $100 million in the last 12 months, and has 430 employees in North America.

“The Drives business brings significant expertise in precision-engineered chain and related products, especially among global equipment manufacturers in agricultural and food processing,” said Christopher Coughlin, president of Timken’s Process Industries segment. “Adding Drives will enhance our overall product portfolio for the industrial process and mobile markets and offers plenty of upside as we extend their line in the marketplace using Timken’s global infrastructure.”

Timken has been steadily expanding its product offering and capabilities to provide value-added solutions for a diverse range of machinery applications. This purchase – along with Timken’s recent acquisitions of Philadelphia Gear and QM Bearings – further increases the breadth of Timken’s mechanical power transmission product offering and moves the company well beyond its original focus on bearings.

Coughlin noted that Drives’ engineered products are also vital to mobile and industrial machinery in oil and gas; aggregate and mining; primary metals; forest products; and other heavy industries. Also attractive to Timken is the firm’s strength in food and beverage and the packaged goods sectors, which require high-end, specialty products such as stainless-steel and corrosion-resistant roller chains.

“Because this adjacent technology complements our existing portfolio, it should allow us to offer a more complete market solution to deliver greater value to our customers and shareholders,” Coughlin said.

Timken expects to complete the transaction within about 30 days, pending certain US government and regulatory approvals. The acquisition should be accretive to Timken earnings in its first full year.

About Drives LLC

Founded in 1959, Drives is a manufacturer of ANSI precision roller chain, pintle chain, agricultural conveyor chain, engineering class chain, oil field roller chain and auger products, serving markets around the world.

About The Timken Company

The Timken Company produces friction management and power transmission products and services that help machinery perform efficiently and reliably. It had sales of $4.1 billion in 2010 and employs 20,000 people operating from locations in 30 countries.