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In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
Vishay Precision Group Completes Acquisition of George Kelk Corporation

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, based on its resistive foil technology, today announced it has completed its acquisition of George Kelk Corporation (“KELK”), of Toronto Canada, a privately held company. The purchase price was approximately $50 million Canadian, subject to customary post-closing adjustments. VPG financed the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and third party borrowings.

Marc Zandman, VPG’s chairman of the board, said, “We are pleased to complete this important step in implementing our growth strategy. The KELK business is a natural fit for us and we expect it to be a key to our future success.”

In commenting on the acquisition, Ziv Shoshani, VPG’s chief executive officer, said, “KELK has extensive knowledge of the metals measurement processing industry and valuable proprietary technology. KELK delivers a strong potential growth profile with attractive economics, and expands our geographic and end-market strength in the metals measurement processing market through a combination of intellectual property, engineering talent, and new products in the Weighing Control Systems segment. KELK has established a leading global brand name with a 60 year legacy for quality and value. We expect to deploy the KELK brand name and technology to gain greater market share and customer recognition for VPG products on a global basis.”

Vishay Precision Group signed a definitive agreement to acquire KELK on December 18, 2012.

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company’s Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at

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