Nelson Global Products, Stoughton, said Monday it has purchased Water Works Manufacturing, a Minnesota company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nelson designs and manufactures exhaust systems and tubular products for commercial vehicles. Water Works designs and makes engineered metal parts and has two subsidiaries, Cambridge Metals and Plastics, Cambridge, Minn., and Interlaken Technology Corp., Chaska, Minn.

The acquisition "will help us get into the power sports market," said Sue Vanderbilt, Nelson's director of business integration. She said it will also give the company "advanced metal-forming capabilities."

It won't result in any change in head count for either company, Vanderbilt said.

Nelson has 110 employees in Stoughton and about 2,500 worldwide, including manufacturing operations in Arcadia, Black River Falls and Viroqua. The company just completed a $3.75 million, 25,000-square-foot headquarters building at 1560 Williams Drive, in Stoughton's North Business Park, to house its engineering, sales, administrative and human resources employees.

Nelson also plans to lease space in Stoughton for a research lab, Vanderbilt said.

Nelson has roots in Stoughton dating back to 1939. Its current operations were bought by Chicago private equity group Wind Point Partners in 2011.

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