ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to
acquire Quest Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of environmental
monitoring equipment, including noise, heat stress and vibration
monitors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Quest Technologies adds its leading sound monitoring equipment to 3M’s
broad spectrum of safety products for detection, protection and
compliance. “Quest Technologies broadens our
presence in the industrial hygiene and safety equipment markets by
bringing its renowned sound monitoring technology to our strong offering
of personal protective equipment,” said Julie
Bushman, vice president and general manager, 3M Occupational Health and
Environmental Safety Division.
Occupational hearing loss is a serious problem. To help minimize the
risk of hearing loss, noise dosimeters worn during work-shifts measure
noise levels at all locations an employee visits. Quest’s
noise dosimeter integrates an employee’s
exposure to “sound over time”
and calculates a number of values including “noise
dose.” The noise dosimeter’s
dosage value is then used to determine if the employee needs to enroll
in a hearing conservation program.
Sound level meters from Quest Technologies are instruments designed to
react to noise much like the human ear. The sound measurements taken are
compared to known standards to identify whether the noise level could
have a detrimental effect on people located near the noise source. Quest
also brings its heat stress monitors, which help to determine the
appropriate work/rest regimens for workers in situations where heat
stress is a life safety and liability risk by measuring exposure to
temperature, humidity and radiant heat.
3M is a global leading supplier of respiratory, hearing, eye protection,
and other personal protective equipment products, providing customers
with innovative technologies and solutions that help increase personal
safety and productivity in markets such as first responder, industrial
manufacturing, automotive, shipbuilding, military, home improvement
contractors and consumer.
Quest employs approximately 95 people at its headquarters in Oconomowoc,
Wis. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject
to customary closing conditions.
About Quest Technologies Inc.
Quest Technologies Inc. is an employee-owned company based in
Oconomowoc, Wis. that provides reliable, high quality instruments and
services for the global occupational health, safety and environmental
markets. Products include noise dosimeters, sound level monitors, heat
stress monitors, vibration monitors, indoor air quality monitors, gas
detection equipment, and software to integrate all the monitoring and
detection equipment manufactured and sold by Quest.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands
of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s
core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms –
often in combination – to a wide array of
customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people
worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more
information, visit www.3M.com.