Hultafors Group acquires Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc.

Hultafors Group AB has signed an agreement to acquire Johnson Level & Tool Mfg. Co., Inc., (“Johnson”) based in Wisconsin in the United States. Closing will take place with immediate effect.

Johnson is a well-recognized provider of layout and measuring tools, being a market leader in several channels of distribution. Net sales amounted to c:a 36 MUSD in 2017 with a profitability well in line with Latour’s financial targets. The company has 70 employees.

The acquisition is part of Hultafors Group's strategy to strengthen its presence in North America. Through the acquisition Hultafors Group will gain access to a wide network of distribution points in relevant sales channels in the United States, as well as a complete portfolio of levels, lasers and other construction measuring, marking and layout tools.

“We are excited and honored to be given the opportunity to inherit this company, which the Johnson family has built up and developed over many, many years. Johnson brings a strong portfolio of products and customer relationships that I believe will make a significant contribution to Hultafors Group going forward” says Ole Kristian Jødahl, CEO at Hultafors Group AB.

“Hultafors Group is a company which we have known for 30 years and we believe the long-term perspective and commitment that characterizes Hultafors Group will form an excellent foundation for further developing Johnson as a company for many years to come”, say Bill and Bob Johnson, previous owners of Johnson.

Göteborg, April 30, 2018

INVESTMENT AB LATOUR (PUBL)
Jan Svensson, CEO

For further information, please contact:
Ole Kristian Jødahl, CEO Hultafors Group AB, +47 900 88 305
Jens Eriksson, Director, M&A and Strategy Hultafors Group AB, +46 702 114 601