KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ruskin Co. recently announced it has acquired part of the vent and control damper business of Johnson Controls Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Damper and louver manufacturer Ruskin Co. recently announced it has acquired part of the vent and control damper business of Johnson Controls Inc.

According to the terms of the agreement, Ruskin will make the vent and damper controls for Johnson, which will continue to market and distribute the products. Johnson previously made the dampers itself.

Ruskin also announced it is taking over the manufacture and marketing of Johnson Controls' Economizer dampers, which will now be sold under the Ruskin name.

Production of both product lines is expected to be moved to existing Ruskin facilities by March, according to Ruskin officials.

"This acquisition provides us with additional product to sell into the commercial market and also gives us access to a wider global customer base," said Jim Nicol, chief executive of Tomkins plc, Ruskin's parent company.

Johnson Controls officials said that with Ruskin's assistance, they expect to be able to supply more customers with damper products in the future.

"As a result of this transaction, we could achieve greater cost containment for double-digit growth in dampers over the next few years, plus, we're better able to service our customers through the broader product line Ruskin offers," said Dale Lueck, vice president of Johnson Controls' systems products division.