Canadian Plastics

Extruder maker Welex bought by Graham Engineering, moving to York, Pa.

Pennsylvania-based blow molding machine manufacturer Graham Engineering Corporation has purchased extruder and plastic sheet extrusion maker Welex Inc.

July 1, 2013   Canadian Plastics

Pennsylvania-based blow molding machine manufacturer Graham Engineering Corporation has purchased extruder and plastic sheet extrusion maker Welex Inc.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

According to a statement by York, Pa.-based Graham Engineering, the Welex manufacturing operations are expected to be integrated into Graham’s operations in York.

David Schroeder, former president and CEO of Welex, has been appointed as the president of Graham Engineering; and Wolfgang Liebertz, Graham’s current president, is assuming the role of CEO of the combined Graham Engineering/Welex organization.

The Welex acquisition follows the Graham Group’s purchase of majority interest in single-screw extruder maker American Kuhne in October 2012.

“The addition of Welex creates multiple points of synergy for the markets that Graham Engineering, American Kuhne and Welex serve,” said Bill Kerlin, Graham Engineering chairman. “Graham Engineering is gaining a global leader and trusted brand in Welex, as well as an experienced executive in Schroeder, who has significant experience in plastics processing technologies and in conversion businesses.”

Sales and customer support will not be changed by the acquisition, Kerlin added.


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