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FULTON, Md. (AP) — Pump and valve maker Colfax Corp. is buying welding products supplier Soldex SA from Inversiones Breca SA, giving it a larger foothold in South America and increasing its exposure to the energy and natural resources sectors.

The company said Tuesday that the deal was valued at $235 million including the assumption of Soldex debt.

Soldex has plants in Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia.

This acquisition reflects our continued commitment to expanding Colfax's already-strong position in emerging markets, and in sectors with good long-term growth potential," Colfax President and CEO Steve Simms said in a statement.

Earlier this month Colfax reported a first-quarter loss, weighed down by acquisition costs.

Colfax is based in Fulton, Md.

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