Mergers & Acquisitions

Watlow® Aquires Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc.

Original Press Release

Watlow® Aquires Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc.

Press release date: January 8, 2013

St. Louis, MO - Watlow®, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, announced today that it acquired San Jose, CA-based Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. The terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. STS is a leader in ion implant refurbishment, elastomer bonding and high-precision cleaning technologies. STS' primary offering is the development and application of precision bonds between critical components in a process tool assembly. These bonds are responsible for adhesion, as well as to provide specific heat conducting properties. The acquisition will allow Watlow and STS to provide its shared customers a greater product offering and increased capabilities. "We are pleased that STS is now a part of Watlow because it helps us provide even more value to our semiconductor customers," said Tom LaMantia, Watlow's president. "One of Watlow's goals is to improve our domain knowledge and elevate our technical expertise in our strategic markets. This acquisition brings new expertise into the company and enables the development of higher quality, higher performing and higher value wafer processing assemblies. The ability to provide more comprehensive temperature management solutions enables our customers to improve their confidence in the thermal performance of a subsystem while also reducing their supply chain complexity." "We fully support this acquisition," said John Lilleland, owner of STS. "We have worked with Watlow for many years and have developed a mutual respect. Our complementary capabilities and mutual strengths will allow us to provide industry-leading solutions for our customers." About Watlow Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software as well as assemblies - all of the components of a thermal system. The company partners with its customers to optimize thermal performance, decrease design time and improve efficiency of their products and applications. Watlow brings its experience to numerous industries, including semiconductor processing, environmental chambers, energy processes, diesel emissions, medical and foodservice equipment. Since 1922, Watlow has grown in product capability, market experience and global reach. The company holds more than 200 patents and employs 2,000 employees working in nine manufacturing facilities and three technology centers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Watlow also has sales offices in 15 countries around the world. The company continues to grow, while the commitment remains the same - to provide its customers with superior products and services for their individual needs. For more information, go to Watlow's website at or send an e-mail to Australia, +61 3 9335 6449; China, +86 21 3532 8532; France, +33 1 41 32 79 70; Germany, +49 (0) 7253-9400-0; India, +91 40 6661 2700; Italy, +39 (0) 2 458-8841; Japan, +81-3-3518-6630; Korea, +82 2 2628 5770; Malaysia, +60 3 8076 8745; Mexico, +52 (442) 217-6235; Singapore, +65 6773 9488; Spain, +34 91 675 1292; Taiwan, +886 7 288 5168; United Kingdom, +44 (0) 115 964 0777. For more information, contact:
Ray Derler, Director of Marketing,
Semiconductor Business Group
Phone: 314-498-4918


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