PPG Industries said it reached an agreement to acquire Deft Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based supplier of aerospace coatings.
With 140 employees, Deft's primary business is supplying structural primers and military topcoats to the North American aviation industry, according to PPG. The company also has smaller architectural and industrial-coatings businesses.
"Acquiring Deft will advance PPG's strategy to remain a leading aerospace-coatings supplier," said Barry Gillespie, PPG vice president, aerospace.
"Deft's waterborne and chrome-free technologies complement PPG's existing coatings capabilities and will provide PPG with a broader product portfolio, particularly within the aerospace industry."
Pittsburgh-based PPG said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter.
PPG's aerospace unit has 18 coatings facilities around the world, according to the company. Its product portfolio includes aerospace sealants and coatings and aircraft windshields.
"The aviation industry continues to drive toward improved environmentally sustainable solutions, and both PPG and Deft have long histories of developing technologies that support this trend," Gillespie said in a news release.
"Deft's 'green'-coating systems support PPG's ongoing commitment to sustainability, and we will be able to offer an even wider selection of innovative coatings that benefit our customers and lessen the impact on the environment."