Patterson Medical Buys Empi Therapy Solutions

DJO, a global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, sold the rehabilitation equipment and supply catalog business of its Empi division.

Empi Therapy Solutions (ETS) was bought byPatterson Medical, a division of Patterson Cos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in St. Paul, MN, Empi is a manufacturer and provider of noninvasive medical products for pain management and physical rehabilitation. ETS, which was formerly known as Rehab Medical Equipment, or RME, generated annual sales of approximately $32 million in 2008.

Patterson Cos. serves the medical, dental, rehabilitation, and veterinary supplies.

Mark Francois, a spokesman for DJO, says the ETS business is low margin and mostly non-DJO branded products, “so it is not a core business for DJO or Empi. The sale will enable Empi’s overall margins to improve.”

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