Salford Group to be acquired by Linamar Corporation – Ohio Ag Net

Salford Group Inc., a world leader in high quality tillage and application equipment, has announced that it will be acquired by Linamar Corporation, an advanced manufacturing company based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The purchase is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including obtaining required regulatory approval.

The acquisition of the Salford will expand Linamar’s agricultural portfolio, which is currently anchored by MacDon Industries Limited. Besides MacDon, Linamar is steeped in agricultural manufacturing history, having owned White Farm Equipment in the 1980s along with Western Combine, which manufactured combines under the Massy Ferguson brand in the 1990s. Linamar’s OROS division in Eastern Europe also manufactures corn and sunflower headers under the MacDon and OROS brands.

“We are very pleased to join the Linamar family,” said Geof Gray, Chairman of the Salford Group. “Both Linamar and MacDon have excellent reputations in the industry and we believe that the combination of our respective resources, brand strengths and distribution networks will enable Salford to compete and innovate at a higher level with greater market coverage, delivering even more value to dealers and farmers.”

After the sale, Salford Group will continue to leverage its established manufacturing and distribution network to sell products under the Salford brand. Its headquarters will remain in Salford, Ontario, Canada.

“This is an exciting and important acquisition for Linamar,” said Linda Hasenfratz, Executive Chairman and CEO of Linamar. “Salford has a strong differentiated product portfolio in the crop nutrition and tillage application segments. These are areas that we had identified in our agricultural growth strategy as very attractive segments for future product diversification.

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