Duravant to acquire WECO fruits and nuts food processing and inspection

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Bryan Chambers explaining how WECO's GrapeTek Mog Sorter works at the Wine Industry Network Expo. Photo: WECO
Bryan Chambers explaining how WECO's GrapeTek Mog Sorter works at the Wine Industry Network Expo. Photo: WECO

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Duravant has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Woodside Electronics Corporation (WECO), a manufacturer of optical colour and defect sorting equipment for fruits and nuts.

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

Walnuts, pecans

I’m thrilled to welcome Don Douglas and the entire WECO team to Duravant​,” said Mike Kachmer, president/CEO, 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.​” 

WECO, based in California, has 30 years' experience in optical sorting technology for fruits and nuts, including tomatoes, walnuts, blueberries, pecans and wine grapes. 

Its portfolio includes intelligent optical color and defect sorting systems and moisture monitoring systems. 

We look forward to collaborating with the portfolio of Duravant companies,​” said Don Douglas, President, WECO. 

Global footprint

Duravant and WECO are clearly aligned with a shared culture and Duravant’s global footprint will assist us in accelerating growth while continuing to provide world-class innovation and support to our customers.​” 

Duravant, based in Illinois, is a global automation and engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 

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