Keller North America has announced the acquisition of the GeoConstruction group (Bencor), part of the US-based Layne Christensen Company.
The acquisition is expected to strengthen Keller’s product range and its ability to offer solutions in North America and internationally.
Bencor, which specialises in diaphragm and deep cut-off walls, will operate as a separate business unit of Keller and will retain its original name.
As part of the acquisition, Keller will take on Bencor’s management team and all 150 employees. The team is experienced in specialty geotechnical grouting and has completed complex jet grouting projects in North America and overseas.
Keller will assume Bencor’s ongoing construction contracts as part of the acquisition. Current contracts include seepage remediation at the East Branch Dam in Western Pennsylvania and excavation support for the Central Subway second phase of San Francisco’s Third Light Rail Program.
Commenting on the acquisition, Keller North America managing director John Rubright said: “We have always had a good working relationship with Bencor and have been very impressed with their capabilities. The addition of Bencor to Keller North America compliments and extends our offerings on civil projects involving deep excavations and cut-off wall requirements.
“We are excited to welcome Bencor to the Keller group and look forward to continued joint success.”