Toro closes deal with Xiamen Xiangfeng
The Toro Company has completed its acquisition of Xiamen Xiangfeng Water Saving Equipment Co., Ltd., a Xiamen City-based irrigation products manufacturer.
The strategic move seeks to strengthen Toro’s position in China, which is a major growth market for micro irrigation. The company also recently built a micro irrigation manufacturing facility in Romania.
“As we look to the future, water availability and increasing demand for food are driving awareness for the importance of more efficient forms of irrigation,” said Michael Drazan, vice president of Toro’s Global Micro Irrigation Business. “Toro’s worldwide agricultural micro irrigation business meets this challenge by delivering high-quality solutions for growers.”
Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro’s initial entry into the market began with its acquisition of James Hardie Irrigation in 1996, continuing with the development of drip technologies and investments.
The specific terms of the Xiamen Xiangfeng transaction remain undisclosed.
Leviton unveils OmniTouch7 Touchscreen for smart home control
Leviton has released the OmniTouch 7 Touchscreen, a glass-front control panel for maintaining security, energy and entertainment smart home features.
"The user-friendly OmniTouch 7 allows for simple setup and intuitive customization for integrators," said Leviton president Jay McLellan. "The new always-there, always-on Touchscreen is plug-and-play, but affords users a variety of options, including showing only necessary icons, the ability to name the building and rooms, separate devices by area and quickly adjust settings like brightness and volume levels."
The OmniTouch features a 7-inch high-resolution screen, large icons, digital microphones and a built-in amplifier and speaker to improve noise and echo cancellation.
Users will be able to view surveillance footage, adjust individual light levels, control thermostats, alert emergency personnel, lock or unlock doors, adjust window coverings and more. It also has the capacity to connect with devices such as additional lights, thermostats or cameras with a simple swipe of the screen.
OmniTouch 7 represents Leviton’s seventh-generation touchscreen offering. The original OmniTouch was first released in 2003.
Andersen agrees to acquire Weiland
Andersen Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows, Inc. in a unanimously approved decision by all directors on both boards.
Weiland’s specialty doors posit a strategic interest for Andersen, which is in the process of widening its specialty, outdoor and architectural offerings.
“Specialty doors are a growing market segment as outdoor living spaces have increased in popularity,” said Andersen Corporation chairman, president and CEO Jay Lund. “This acquisition accelerates our entry into this important category and closely aligns with the expansion of our architectural products.”
Weiland’s specialties include lift and slide, folding door products, pivot doors and European tilt and turn windows, with options ranging from curved to corner configurations as well as oversized panels.
Weiland will retain its management structure and operations in the San Diego region. The sale price is undisclosed.