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Viasystems buys Merix

Viasystems Group Inc. says it has completed its purchase of Merix Corp. in a deal that gives St. Louis one more publicly-traded company.

Viasystems, based in Clayton, was privately held. Beaverton, Ore.-based Merix was public. The merged company began trading Wednesday on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol VIAS. The stock closed at $21.99.

The companies are in the printed circuit board business, making the basic backbones for most electronic equipment…

[St. Louis Post Dispatch]