Cummins to sell Universal Silencer to management-led investor group

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Cummins Inc. announced Oct. 11 that it has reached an agreement to sell Universal Silencer Inc. to the Stirling Group, led by current USI general manager Randy Eppli. The newly formed Stirling Group includes other key members of Universal Silencer’s management team.

The transition process has begun, and the sale — terms of which were not disclosed — is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2007. Universal Silencer, currently part of the Cummins Filtration business, provides solutions in industrial noise control. The business is headquartered in Stoughton, Wis., and employs 230 people.

“The transition of ownership to the Stirling Group ensures a sale to people who have a vested interest in USI,” says Pamela Carter, president of Cummins Filtration. “They are in the best position to grow the business.”

“We believe this is a very good day for the future of the Universal Silencer business, customers and employees,” Eppli says. “USI has a strong foundation in acoustics, filtration and emissions control solutions for our customers, and our new investors are very supportive of investing in this foundation for the long-term growth of the business.”

USI provides custom-engineered solutions to noise and emissions issues for industrial applications of large diesel and turbine engines, compressors, blowers and other air movement equipment. “USI has a great team of employees, trained with a customer focus and ready to support our globally based customers,” Eppli says.