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TRW Selling Reda Pump Division

Ward Byers Published: September 21, 1988

TRW Inc. has agreed to sell its Reda Pump Division and another energy-industry subsidiary to a British conglomerate for $300 million, the parties said Tuesday.

Bartlesville-based Reda Pump and TRW's Oilwell Cable Division will be taken over by Camco Inc., the Houston subsidiary of Pearson PLC of Great Britain, officials said.

Reda Pump will remain an independent division of Camco under current management with no major changes in work force or production, Camco chief executive Gil Tausch said.

Reda general manager George Schnieder predicted the sale will be viewed in a "very favorable light" by the company's 800 employees here and by the Bartlesville community.

Schneider and officials with TRW and Camco said they believed Reda Pump will match better with Camco's oil-field equipment manufacturing and supply operations, and that the sale will make the company's future more secure.

Tausch said Reda Pump and Oilwell will be an "excellent fit" with Camco's other businesses.

"Reda has proved to be one of the best and most resilient performers in the oil-service industry," Tausch said. "We should be able to improve margins and capitalize on our international experience."

Tausch spent the day in Bartlesville, meeting with Reda officials and with community leaders.

TRW officials said the sale was the latest in a series of steps to divest the $6.8-billion-a-year corporation of its energy-related enterprises and focus on its core high-technology businesses.

TRW chief executive Joseph T. Gorman said the sale will benefit both TRW and the new Camco divisions.

Gorman said the Cleveland-based firm had negotiated sale of another energy division, Mission Drilling Products of Houston, to the Swedish firm Sandvik. No additional details of that transaction were immediately available.

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