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Curtiss-Wright Acquires Exlar Corporation

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PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the shares of Exlar Corporation for $85 million in cash. Exlar, a private company, is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electric actuators used in motion control solutions in industrial and military markets. The acquired business will operate within Curtiss-Wright's Motion Control segment.

"The acquisition of Exlar provides Curtiss-Wright a cornerstone property serving multiple markets and addresses the growing demand for advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly actuation solutions, while strengthening our existing industrial controls business," said Martin R. Benante, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "This acquisition complements our recent acquisitions of PG Drives and Williams Controls and further enhances our market diversification by providing greater penetration into our existing markets while simultaneously increasing our presence and breadth of product offerings in specialty markets."

Since 1991, Exlar electric actuators are used in a wide range of markets including defense, process control, industrial automation, food processing & packaging and test/simulation/entertainment. The transaction closed in December. The company is expected to contribute sales of approximately $50 million in 2013.

The company's products address the increasing need for electric actuators capable of delivering the precise position control historically associated with hydraulic (servo) actuators. Exlar's electro-mechanical actuators provide "plug and play" replacement for existing hydraulic actuators, which enables customers to eliminate the maintenance and environmental issues associated with the older technology. Compared to hydraulic and pneumatic actuator technologies, Exlar's electric actuators significantly reduce energy usage because they only consume power when motion is required. These self-contained high-reliability units are also significantly more environmentally-friendly than the complex fluid-based hydraulic technologies that they replace.

Exlar employs 183 people and is headquartered in Chanhassen, Minn. The company also maintains a sales and service office near Frankfurt, Germany. Exlar designs and manufactures its products at its ISO-certified Chanhassen facility and utilizes sales partners and a distributor network to reach its customers throughout the world.

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