Sale to Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Sale to Illinois Tool Works Inc.


Baird served as the exclusive financial advisor to Brooks Instrument, LLC


Brooks Instrument, LLC (“Brooks” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners, recently entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Hatfield, PA, Brooks is a leading global provider of low flow and pressure / vacuum analytical instruments to a worldwide customer base in a variety of end markets including: industrial, chemical, life science, oil / gas, microelectronics, LED, and alternative energy. The Company’s products are used to regulate the flow rates of gases and liquids in laboratory and process environments and include: thermal mass flow controllers, variable area meters, coriolis and ultrasonic flow meters, and capacitance diaphragm gauges. These products are frequently mission critical and are often configured to address the specific technical requirements of end use applications. Brooks serves over 9,000 customers in 75 countries with an installed base of over 1.5 million instruments.

American Industrial Partners is an operationally oriented middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in North American-based industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. American Industrial Partners has deep roots in the industrial economy and has been active in private equity investing since 1989. To date, the Firm has completed over 30 transactions and is currently managing more than $1.1 billion in equity capital. American Industrial Partners invests in all forms of corporate divestitures, management buyouts, recapitalizations, and going-private transactions of established businesses with revenues of $100 million to $500 million.

For additional information about this transaction, please contact:

Joel Cohen (312) 609-4924
Justin Albert (303) 270-6381
Brian McDonagh (704) 553-6611
Nick Sealy +44 (0) 207 488 1212
David Wierman (404) 264-2211
Christian Colucci (312) 609-4475
Sale to Illinois Tool Works Inc.
January 2012
Brooks Instrument, LLC
Target Location
North America
Acquiror Location
North America