3M buying Capital Safety from KKR for about $1.8B; deal targeted to close in 3rd quarter

Associated Press

3M is buying safety equipment maker Capital Safety from KKR for about $1.8 billion as demand for protective gear grows.

The transaction also includes approximately $700 million in debt.

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3M Co., which makes Post-it notes and other products, said Tuesday that increasing demand for worker safety in developing countries is driving sales of equipment.

Capital Safety's equipment is sold under brands including DBI-SALA and PROTECTA.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

3M is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Capital Safety is based just outside of Minneapolis, in Bloomington.