Tuthill Blowers

Ingersoll Rand to acquire Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems

Dec. 9, 2020
Tuthill Corporation agrees to part with division for $184 million, saying Ingersoll Rand provides ‘a terrific new home’

Ingersoll Rand is set to acquire Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems.

The global provider of flow creation and industrial solutions agreed to purchase the business, which is a division of Tuthill Corporation, for approximately $184 million. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in early 2021, according to Ingersoll Rand.

“We are excited to welcome the Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems team to the Ingersoll Rand family,” said Vicente Reynal, chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “This transaction delivers on our commitment to significantly accelerate our growth plan and demonstrates our ability to seek out premium and iconic industrial brands with strong complementary technology and commercial growth opportunities.

“Following our disciplined capital allocation strategy, we are paying a multiple largely in line with prior acquisitions and expect this transaction will provide a similar opportunity over the coming years to generate ROIC (return on invested capital) and reduce the post-acquisition multiple.

“Overall, we are proud of the immediate and long-term value this acquisition is expected to create for our shareholders.”

Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems designs and manufactures positive displacement blowers, mechanical vacuum pumps, vacuum boosters and engineered systems. Based in Springfield MO, Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems has approximately 160 employees and annual revenue of approximately $60 million.

Upon the transaction’s close, the employees and brands of Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems will join the Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies and Services (IT&S) segment.

“Customers in this market segment require a diverse mix of technology to address specific needs,” said Gary Gillespie, vice president and general manager of the IT&S Americas business. “The addition of the Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems’ team, product portfolio, technology and application expertise will offer customers a broader array of compelling critical flow technologies solutions that deliver increased durability, precision and value.

“We are honored to bring these two teams together and focus on our purpose to have customers, partners and employees lean on us to help them make life better.”

Ingersoll Rand said the acquisition enhances its IT&S segment, which manufactures and services a broad range of compressor, vacuum and blower solutions used in a variety of applications. Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems will expand Ingersoll Rand’s vacuum offering and application expertise to better serve customers who require a deeper level of technical support in a wide variety of applications, including plastics, food processing, chemical and wastewater. In addition, the acquisition will expand the company’s global blower channel coverage providing customers worldwide with more choices to meet their needs.

“Our business in Springfield is loaded with dedicated professionals who really care to make a difference,” said Steven Westfall, chief executive officer and president of Tuthill Corporation. “It’s more than difficult to say goodbye to the Vacuum & Blower team—and I’m confident they will find a terrific new home as a part of the Ingersoll Rand team.”