Watlow acquires Component Re-engineering Company

Aug. 31, 2020
The thermal systems company has acquired the Santa Clara, California-based CRC in a move meant to upgrade its wafer pedestal solutions

Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of complete thermal systems, have acquired CRC (Component Re-engineering Company) of Santa Clara, California. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Since 2002, CRC has designed, built and serviced wafer pedestals used in semiconductor manufacturing facilities. CRC’s high-temperature bonding and refurbishment technologies enable advanced ceramic pedestal and in-chamber solutions that complement the thermal technologies developed by Watlow. According to Watlow, integrating CRC into its business advances the company’s wafer pedestal solutions, which are essential for achieving the technological advances in the memory and logic segments of the semiconductor industry. Watlow will now have a full suite of wafer pedestal solutions from low to high temperatures and ranging from a single zone to 80 zones of control and beyond.

"Watlow is excited to invest in this innovative product portfolio and team," said Peter Desloge, Watlow’s chairman and CEO. "We believe we are uniquely positioned to leverage CRC’s capabilities and through our collective efforts will continue to unlock high-performance solutions that will bring added value to our customers. Over the last several years we have completed strategic acquisitions, formed strategic partnerships and joint ventures, released dozens of new and custom products with many more planned for introduction.”

“Watlow is investing aggressively right now, and it is our plan to continue," said Rob Gilmore, chief operating officer. "While continuing to scan for good partners and acquisitions, we are also expanding our investments in Europe and Asia to ensure we can support and respond to our customers and markets globally."

"We are very pleased to be joining the Watlow team," said Brent Elliot, CRC CEO and cofounder. "Watlow is a known leader in the industry, and we have worked with them for many years. I believe that combining our strengths will open new opportunities and create value for our customers."