Industry watch: Companies

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has signed a definitive agreement with Danaher Corp. (Washington, D.C.) where Danaher will purchase Marconi Data Systems for $400 million USD.

—Georgia-Pacific (Atlanta, GA) has acquired a minority ownership interest in Niles Packaging Products (Niles, MI). —Sebesta Blomberg (Roseville, MN) has acquired certain assets of Metsys Engineering (Roseville, MN). —Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has purchased the United Kingdom-based core and tube converting business from Smurfit UK Limited (Dublin, Republic of Ireland). —Sercos N.A. (Bloomingdale, IL) has formed the North American Sercos Technical Working Group. —Coors Brewing Co. (Golden, CO) and Ball Corp. (Broomfield, CO) have signed a definitive agreement for the mfg. and supply of 4.5 billion aluminum beverage cans to be used by Coors annually. —The Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (Brookfield, CT) has signed a memorandum of understanding that is designed to forge stronger ties between the two associations. —Chesapeake Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has sold its remaining 19% interest in Color-Box, LLC (Madera, CA) to Georgia-Pacific (Atlanta, GA). —Nordson Corp. (Duluth, GA) has moved its Nordson Benelux packaging and product assembly sales group, and paper and paperboard converting business unit into an expanded facility in Udenhout, The Netherlands.

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