Lincoln Electric has bought a Michigan-based integrator of welding and fabricating equipment, Easom Automation, continuing to expand its portfolio with downstream specialty manufacturers and fabricators. The terms of the purchase were not released.

Easom has plants in Madison Heights and Warren, Mich., with approximately 130 employees. Independent reports indicate it will generate revenues of $30 million in 2014.

The company designs and installs manufacturing systems, including turntables, weld positioners, conveyers, lifts, transfer systems, tool shuttles, and similar specialty automation systems.

"Our investment in Easom advances our leadership position in automated welding and cutting," explained Lincoln chairman and CEO Christopher L. Mapes,  "Easom is a strong partner for us as our complementary strengths create a compelling offering for our customers and accelerates our market presence in attractive applications."

Recently a Lincoln Electric spokesman explained the company’s continuing strategy is to acquire operations with specialized products or capabilities that allow it to diversify the Lincoln-branded portfolio of technologies and equipment, and to provide a greater range of capabilities to its customers.

Last year, acquired ownership interests in Burlington Automation Corporation, Hamilton, Ont., and Robolution GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany.

Earlier, it purchased automation systems integrator Tennessee Rand Inc., metal processing machine builder Wayne Trail Inc., CNC cutting tables supplier Applied Robotics Inc., and Russian welding consumables supplier/distributor Mezhgosmetiz-Mtsensk OAO.