Gasbarre Products Inc. reached an agreement to acquire the business and assets of J. L. Becker Co. The Furnace Group of Gasbarre Products now consists of Sinterite Products, C.I. Hayes and J. L. Becker. Gasbarre Products will continue to operate the new furnace division under the J. L. Becker banner in the present Plymouth, Mich., facility with the current staff of 40 employees. The acquisition is an excellent strategic and synergistic fit within the group because J.L. Becker’s batch heat-treating equipment line complements the Sinterite continuous-belt furnace line as well as the C. I. Hayes vacuum and pusher furnace lines.

J. L. Becker’s 53,000-square-foot facility houses sales, engineering and administrative offices as well as furnace and machine fabricating and assembly areas. Sinterite Products will continue to operate in St. Marys, Pa., and C.I. Hayes remains in Cranston, R.I. John Becker, founder of J. L. Becker, will continue with the company. Steven K. Smith, Gasbarre Products’ Furnace Division President, will oversee the Gasbarre Furnace Division, consisting of the three furnace companies.