Brady Corporation: Acquires Precision Converters, Inc.



MILWAUKEE and DALLAS, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) , a world leader in identification solutions, specialty materials and precision die-cut parts, today announced that it has acquired Precision Converters, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1995, Precision Converters is a supplier of die-cut products to the medical market with a specific focus on disposable, advanced wound-care products. Its products include anti-microbial foam and hydrocolloid dressings, wound closure strips, acne-control patches and surgical drapes. The company had sales of approximately $10 million in 2005 and employs about 80 people. Its customers include many leaders in the medical device and healthcare products industries.

“The acquisition of Precision Converters, and with it the addition of wound-care products to our offering, adds significant breadth and strength to Brady’s medical die-cut business capabilities,” said Scott Hoffman, Brady vice president. “By combining Brady’s global infrastructure and die-cut expertise with Precision Converters’ experience in the fast-growing medical device market, we have an exceptional opportunity to provide a broader offering to our medical customers, as well as provide local supply and service to their customers who require global manufacturing capability, particularly in Asia.”

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Its products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has more than 500,000 customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs more than 8,000 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2006 sales were approximately $1.018 billion.

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