Sybron International Corp. is selling its Nalge Process Technologies business to Norton Performance Plastics Corp.
Norton will acquire Nalge's four manufacturing plants: Flexible Components in Bridgewater, N.J.; Acutech Plastics in Reading, Pa.; Pure Fit in Allentown, Pa.; and Sani-Tech in Sparta, N.J.
Completion of the sale is subject to obtaining the necessary governmental approvals, which Norton expects in 30-45 days. Terms were not released.
Milwaukee-based Sybron, a publicly held company, makes laboratory and dental supply products.
Nalge makes fluoropolymer-lined hose; flexible silicone and rubber sanitary systems; rigid ultrapure plastic piping systems; silicone tubing and assemblies; plastic tubing, pipe and specialty profiles; and plastic tanks for industrial and pharmaceutical use.
Nalge will be integrated into Norton's Fluid Systems business, which makes plastic tubing and other components for handling liquids and gases. Norton makes flexible tubing used for medical, food and laboratory applications.
Sybron estimates Nalge's sales for 1999 at about $45 million.
A Norton spokesperson said the company does not plan to make any changes to the four Nalge facilities and expects to retain current employees.
Wayne, N.J.-based Norton is a subsidiary of Paris-based Cie. de Saint-Gobain, which makes glass, ceramic, fiber and metal products for packaging, building, materials and industrial applications.
In a Jan. 22 news release announcing the deal, Kenneth F. Yontz, Sybron chairman and chief executive officer, said the company is selling Nalge to concentrate on faster-growing diagnostic and life-sciences businesses.