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Ladish Acquires Polish Forger

Nov. 21, 2005
ZKM gives Ladish a manufacturing presence in EU.

Ladish Co., Inc. announced today it has acquired the Polish forging company HSW-Zaklad Kuznia Matrycowa (ZKM). Located in Stalowa Wola, Poland, ZKM is a well-established industrial forging concern with annual revenues in the range of $35-$40 million. Ladish financed the $11.3 million purchase with cash on hand and its existing credit facility.

Commenting on the acquisition, Kerry L. Woody, President & CEO of Ladish, said, "The acquisition of ZKM will enhance Ladish's product offering in the forging portion of our business while expanding our market reach in the international arena. ZKM satisfies three of our acquisition criteria, first by being an established manufacturer with an existing customer base, second by possessing excellent manufacturing capabilities and equipment, and third by having the ability to expand into the aerospace sector and grow with Ladish's technical assistance. We have every confidence the combination of Ladish technology and market presence with ZKM's production efficiencies will contribute to improved top line and bottom line results for Ladish. ZKM brings immediate and long-term opportunities to Ladish."

Woody further noted that "Encouraged by the upsurge in demand from the aerospace and industrial sectors, we are responding to our customers' needs with the purchase of ZKM. As our markets continue to expand, we are committed to keeping pace through further strategic additions like ZKM."

Ladish Co., Inc. is a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial markets. Ladish is headquartered in Cudahy, Wisconsin with operations in Wisconsin (Cudahy Forging), Oregon, Connecticut, and now Poland.