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Continued: Wilson Tool is out to buy new kinds of manufacturers

  • Article by: DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 2, 2014 - 10:04 AM

“Many of these firms don’t know they want to sell yet,” Robinson said. “There are a lot of original entrepreneurs who are 55-plus years old and they don’t have a contingency plan for moving forward. We think we can take [such a business] to the next level.”

Wilson Tool has some experience doing just that. It purchased four private tool companies in four years: The factories, two in Canada, one in South America and one in Italy, increased revenues by 10 percent.

But for this new effort, “We want to stay close to home,” Johnson said.


Dee DePass • 612-673-7206

Staff writer Patrick Kennedy contributed to this report.



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