Stoughton company buys Janesville manufacturer

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Jim Leute
Monday, July 15, 2013

JANESVILLE--A small Janesville manufacturer of power generation systems is now part of a larger company.

The Stoughton-based Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies acquired Ojibway Enclosure Systems earlier this month.

With two sites in Janesville, Ojibway and its 16 employees do laser cutting, welding and forming of a variety of metal products. The company also assists in the installation of generator sets in the field.

“Our key customers in the power generation market are looking for a complete air-handling solution for their turbine system,” Dick Strojinc, Universal's vice president, said in a news release. “These customers want a one-stop shop, a single company providing the air inlet and exhaust system, ducting, diffusers and enclosure.

Strojinc said Universal AET has been supplying Ojibway for years.

“During that time, we have seen how Ojibway offers innovative designs and is willing to adapt projects on a case-by-case basis to satisfy our customers,” he said. “We share Ojibway's commitment to providing outstanding service and customized solutions.”

All Ojibway employees have been retained and will continue to work at their current locations at either 1200 Touson Drive or 3939 Whitney Street in Janesville.

Strojinc said Ojibway and Universal AET are now in a better position to serve their common customers: engine distributors who source silencers, emissions treatment products or complete power generation packages for data centers, hospitals and other large-scale facilities that require standby power generators.

Founded in 2009 by 1988 Craig graduate Rich Pember, Ojibway fills a new and growing niche. Its massive enclosures protect diesel generators that back up some of the largest computer server farms in the world. One of its customers operates a Las Vegas digital storage center that's the size of seven football fields and stores the data of companies such as Google, TurboTax and Morgan Stanley.

Universal AET provides engineered acoustic, emission and filtration solutions for the power generation and a variety of other markets. Based in Stoughton, it has offices and manufacturing facilities around the world.

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