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Sweden-based SKF Group has closed its acquisition of Kaydon Corp., a Michigan-based company that, among other things, provides bearings to the wind turbine industry. The merger deal was valued at $1.25 billion, with each share priced at $35.50.

"I am delighted that Kaydon and its employees will be joining the SKF Group. Kaydon brings to SKF a highly complementary product portfolio and an improved customer and geographic presence," says Tom Johnstone, SKF president and CEO.

According to SKF, Kaydon is an industrial manufacturer with three distinct business areas: friction control products (primarily bearings), velocity control products and specialty products, including environmental services. The company has a global footprint, with 62% of its sales generated in North America, 24% in Europe, 12% in Asia Pacific and 2% in the rest of the world.




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