Legrand acquires data center containment-system, cabinet manufacturer AFCO Systems

May 10, 2017
The AFCO Systems product lines will become part of Legrand North and Central America’s cabinet and containment solutions business.

Legrand North and Central America (LNCA) announced it has acquired AFCO Systems, which designs, engineers, and manufactures racks, cabinets, enclosures and air-containment systems. “The acquisition will expand Legrand’s leadership in the commercial data center market—and enhance product offerings for key customer segments such as hyperscale, colocation, and cloud computing providers and system integrators,” Legrand said when announcing the acquisition.

The AFCO Systems product line will become part of LNCA’s newly formed cabinet and containment solutions business, within its data communications division. “The business will offer multiple product lines and allow for sales teams to offer a broader array of cabinet and containment solutions,” Legrand added.

John Selldorff, LNCA’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “The acquisition of AFCO Systems demonstrates Legrand North and Central America’s commitment to innovation and leadership in the data center market. The creation of our new cabinet and containment solutions business, featuring the combined product lines of LNCA and AFCO Systems, will enable us to further marshal our energy and resources around this exciting space and enable us to address almost any application or user requirement—from standard to full custom solutions.”

Legrand further explained that AFCO Systems’ tubular welded construction platforms will allow LNCA to better address the growing system-integrator market for preinstallation of servers and switches in cabinets, while also providing seismic-compliant solutions. In addition, the company said, AFCO Systems’ portfolio of aisle-containment solutions and custom engineering expertise complements Legrand’s recently introduced Contain-IT Flex system, and “positions Legrand as a provider of the most comprehensive and adaptable aisle-containment offering on the market.”

Mike Mallia, general manager of the cabinet and containment solutions business unit of LNCA’s data communications division—and AFCO System’s president and CEO prior to the acquisition—added, “We are excited to become a part of LNCA and to provide customers with an enhanced product portfolio. Legrand’s strong market presence, extensive distribution channels, and global manufacturing footprint will enable us to provide greater service and response times anywhere in the world and accelerate innovation and product development in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”

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