The Ruskin Co., Kansas City, MO, announced recently that it has acquired certain assets from Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee, WI, for manufacturing. Ruskin will now manufacture vent and control dampers formerly manufactured by Johnson Controls, but these products will continue to be marketed, sold, and distributed by Johnson Controls. Ruskin will also take over the manufacturing and marketing of Johnson Controls’ Economizer dampers, which will now be sold under Ruskin. By March 2003, it is expected that both manufacturing product lines will be transferred to Ruskin’s existing manufacturing facilities.
“This is a strategic move on our part to strengthen our ability to provide dampers and air-flow systems to our customers worldwide,” said Dale Lueck, vice president of Systems Products for the Controls Group of Johnson Controls. “As a result of this transaction, we could achieve greater cost containment and double-digit growth in dampers over the next few years, plus we’re better able to service our customers through the broader product line Ruskin offers.”