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Buyers of Rosen assets unclear.

Byline: SHERRI BURI McDONALD The Register-Guard

Rosen Products will be selling off its Eugene-based business units by September, but it's unclear to whom.

"We have a number of suitors," Abe Kossol, Rosen's vice president of operations, said earlier this month.

Executives at Rosen's parent company, Philadelphia-based Berwind Group, did not return calls from The Register-Guard.

Rosen has lined up an unnamed buyer for a small Rosen division that makes see-through visors for airplanes and recreational vehicles, Kossol said.

That unit, which employs about 30 people, will likely stay in the Eugene-Springfield area, he said.

All the other divisions, however, will probably be sold to out-of-state companies, he said.

A former Rosen employee, who asked not to be named, said a buyer will probably snap up Rosen's aviation division, which has a reputation for making the best aviation video screens in the industry.

The former employee said he is not optimistic about Rosen's automotive video system division: "I don't think they had anything special on the automotive side."

Berwind owns a 104,000-square-foot building with office, factory and warehouse space in Greenhill Technology Park, next to Highway 126 in west Eugene.

Berwind hopes to find tenants to lease the space, Kossol said.

If none materialize, Berwind, which owns drug and industrial companies nationwide, might use the space for some of its other ventures.
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Date:May 25, 2002
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