109-year-old Twin Cities company sold to German buyer


The New Brighton-based Johnson Screens, which makes water-treatment equipment, is being sold for about $134 million to
German construction company Bilfinger, the Business Journal reports.

The water technology company founded in St. Paul in 1904 is currently owned by Switzerland-based Weatherford International.

Managers of the 1,200-employee company will remain with the company, a press release says.

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