April 17, 2013 / 10:32 PM / 7 years ago

MacDon enlists Goldman to run $1 billion auction: sources

A Goldman Sachs sign is seen over the company's trading stall on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - MacDon Industries Ltd, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of windrowers, is looking for a buyer in a deal that could fetch around $1 billion, four people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The Canadian family-owned company, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, makes machinery used to harvest various agricultural products such as cereal grains, oilseeds, rice and soybeans.

MacDon is being advised by Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) on the auction that is at an early stage, and has drawn initial interest from private equity firms, two of the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is confidential.

MacDon began in 1949 as Killbery Industries Ltd, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment including sprayers, grain augers, discer seeders, cultivators and manure spreaders.

It was renamed MacDon following the company’s acquisition by the MacDonald family in 1971, according to its website.

Representatives for MacDon did not respond to requests for comment. Goldman declined to comment.

Reporting by Soyoung Kim and Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Bernard Orr

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