Brazil deal lifts iRobot’s global business

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Bedford’s iRobot Corp. continued its rise after it was awarded contracts totaling $7.2 million from the Brazilian government for robots to help provide security as the country gears up for a World Cup soccer tournament, a scheduled papal visit this summer, and the 2016 Olympics. After big cuts in Pentagon spending, iRobot has generally been putting more emphasis on its nonmilitary robots. Frank Wilson, an iRobot senior vice president, said the company “continues its international expansion, and Brazil represents an important market for the company’s unmanned ground vehicles.”

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