FTC Approves Graco’s Application to Divest Liquid Finishing Business Assets to Carlisle Companies

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application from Graco Inc. to divest certain liquid finishing businesses and related assets to Carlisle Companies Inc. Under the terms of the Commission’s October 2014 modified final order, Graco is required to divest these assets to settle charges that its acquisition of the liquid finishing businesses of Illinois Tool Works Inc. and ITW Finishing Inc. in 2012 was anticompetitive.

 The Commission vote to approve the divestiture was 2-0-1-2, with Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen abstaining, and Commissioners Joshua D. Wright and Terrell McSweeny not participating. (FTC File No. 111-0169; Docket No. 9350; the staff contacts are Elizabeth Piotrowski, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2623; and Peter Richman, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2563.)

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