Rittal Corp., Springfield, Ohio, signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Electromate and Keystone brands and certain related assets from Robroy Industries, Inc., Verona, Pa.

The Electromate operations will become Rittal-Electromate, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rittal Corp., and will be based in Electromate's Fremont, Ind., plant. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Rittal expects to finalize the transaction by May 1.

The Electromate and Keystone lines comprise sheet-steel industrial wall-mount and freestanding cabinets, stainless steel enclosures and wireway. The move adds depth in NEMA-style enclosures as well as new products such as wireway to the Rittal line.

Rittal has no intention of changing the way Electromate and Keystone products go to market in the near term, said John Fimiani, director of marketing, Rittal. "Right now our obvious main goal is to retain that business and keep it going."

Once the agreement is completed, Robroy Enclosures will focus its efforts on the Stahlin fiberglass line. The nonmetallic enclosure business will reap benefits with increased investment in manufacturing, product development, marketing and promotions for Stahlin, said Jeff Seagle, director of sales and marketing, Robroy Enclosures.