February 11, 2020

Duravant acquires optical color and defect sorting equipment provider WECO

Duravant has reached an agreement to acquire Woodside Electronics (WECO), a manufacturer of optical color and defect sorting equipment.

Along with Key Technology — a member of the Duravant family of operating companies — WECO significantly extends Duravant’s reach across automated food processing and inspection categories with new complementary products, technologies and applications.

WECO has been a leader in optical sorting technology for fruits and nuts for more than 30 years. Its portfolio includes highly intelligent optical color and defect sorting systems and moisture monitoring systems. WECO, with corporate headquarters in Woodland, California, serves national and multi-national customers with leading-edge technology designed to eliminate the need for manual hand labor and maximize throughput.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Don Douglas and the entire WECO team to Duravant,” said Mike Kachmer, President and CEO of Duravant. “WECO’s culture of customer-centric innovation and commitment to rapid and effective new product development makes them a wonderful addition to the Duravant family. WECO moves us into new markets with product-focused applications that are complementary to Key Technology’s offerings; allowing us to provide an even more complete solutions set to our customers.”

Duravant is a global automation and engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence.