MiTek acquires Benton Industries LLC

Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway acquires specialist in prefab and unitized curtain wall systems.

August 02, 2013

Chesterfield, MO -- MiTek Industries (MiTek), a Berkshire Hathaway company (nyse: brk-a, nyse: brk-b), and theworld’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, software and services for the building components industry announced today that it has acquiredBenson Industries, LLC.  Benson is the global leader in the design, pre-fabrication and installation of custom unitized curtain wall systems for high-end commercial, hotel, residential, governmental, and institutional buildings worldwide. MiTek is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

“The acquisition of Benson extends MiTek’s product offering into the global high-rise commercial building construction market.  Benson is a terrific addition to the MiTek family,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek.  “Lou Niles will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Benson, along with Joe Aholt as Chief Operating Officer.  The entire Benson management team will remain, and continue to lead the company.  Benson will operate as a separate subsidiary of MiTek,” Manenti commented.

“We are delighted to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team,” said Lou Niles.  “Their business philosophy and corporate culture are a perfect fit for Benson. With the strength and backing of MiTek and Berkshire, we plan to grow the company through a series of strategic initiatives.  This is truly an exciting combination, and together we will do remarkable things.”

Benson was founded in 1926 in Portland, Oregon.  Over the past three decades, Benson’s unrivaled engineering, assembly and project management capabilities have earned them praise and recognition for some of the world’s most prominent curtain wall projects, including One World Trade Center and the re-cladding of the United Nations Secretariat in New York City, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Benson has offices and operations in multiple countries around the world. Learn more: www.BensonGlobal.com

MiTek is based in Chesterfield, Missouri and is a diversified global supplier of engineered products, software and systems to the construction industry. The company has operations in over forty countries on six continents and has been a Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001. (nyse: brk-a, nyse: brk-b)

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