Lincoln Electric Acquires Rimrock Holdings Corporation

CLEVELAND, Aug. 4, 2015 – Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) announced today that it has acquired Rimrock Holdings Corporation, a privately held manufacturer and integrator of industrial automation products and robotic systems with two divisions, Wolf Robotics LLC and Rimrock Corporation. Wolf Robotics integrates robotic welding and cutting systems predominately for heavy fabrication (construction, mining, agriculture) and transportation OEMs and suppliers. Rimrock Corporation designs and manufactures automated spray systems and turnkey robotic systems for the die casting, foundry and forging markets. 

“Our investment in Wolf Robotics extends our leadership position in automated welding and cutting,” said Christopher L. Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to combine their expertise and capabilities as a leading automation integrator in the North American heavy fabrication sector with our existing portfolio to better serve customers and accelerate growth.”

Rimrock Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and has operations in Columbus, Ohio, and Fort Collins, Colorado. Annual sales are approximately $40 million.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

About Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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