Pro Mach Expands Sanitary Production and Material Handling Capabilities with Acquisition of KLEENLine Corporation

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Pro Mach strengthens leadership position in food grade product handling and systems integration | KLEENLine product portfolio and systems engineering leadership will offer customers integrated solutions with multiple Pro Mach brands | KLEENLine management team remains with Pro Mach

Pro Mach, Inc. announced today that it has acquired KLEENLine Corporation, a leading provider of sanitary production solutions including conveyors, material handling equipment, vision systems, robotics, automation controls, and systems engineering services. KLEENLine, founded in 1986, is based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where it operates a state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, and testing facility.

KLEENLine designs and manufactures a wide range of food grade, stainless steel product handling equipment for clean environment processing and packaging. KLEENLine is also a leading builder and systems engineering provider for sanitary robotic solutions, vision systems, and turnkey integrated systems for direct touch food product handling and cleanroom packaging. KLEENLine’s history of innovation, engineering excellence, and high quality “Total Project Execution” have resulted in long-standing customer relationships and strong growth in the food, pharmaceutical, electronics, and consumer goods industries.

“KLEENLine’s talented team and outstanding product line complement our existing capabilities and customer base,” said Mark Anderson, Pro Mach President and CEO. “In the past few years through acquisition and new product development we have significantly strengthened our product portfolio in sanitary solutions for processing, primary packaging, and end of line packaging. With KLEENLine, we have an excellent opportunity to offer customers integrated solutions with many of our primary and end of line packaging brands, as well as provide an increasing number of solutions in sanitary product handling and integrated systems. We will continue to invest in KLEENLine to grow their business and further develop their product and service capabilities.”

KLEENLine’s leadership team, including founder Jim Laverdiere, will remain with Pro Mach and operations will continue out of the KLEENLine facility in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Jim Laverdiere joins Pro Mach as Vice President and General Manager for the KLEENLine operation. KLEENLine will join Pro Mach's newly formed Material Handling Business Unit, which includes Shuttleworth, based in Huntington, Indiana.

“We are enthusiastic about the benefits of combining KLEENLine and Pro Mach’s product portfolios and systems integration capabilities,” said Bret Ranc, Senior Vice President of the Material Handling Business Unit. “We share a common tradition of working closely with our customer to deliver the highest quality solutions and service experience. We look forward to collaborating with their talented team and we are confident that no other provider offers the breadth of engineering expertise and solution experience as Pro Mach.”

“Joining Pro Mach is an outstanding opportunity for our customers and team,” said Jim Laverdiere. “Pro Mach has a strong reputation for investing in its brands and we will continue to strengthen the KLEENLine name and offer growth opportunities for our employees. Like KLEENLine, Pro Mach also leads with outstanding customer service and I look forward to working with our customers to help them achieve greater value from their packaging investments. Together we are a single source for a wide range of high quality, complementary solutions, and integrated products across the entire packaging line. That’s a significant advantage for our customers.”

About KLEENLine
KLEENLine designs and builds stainless steel material handling equipment concentrating on companies that handle foods, pharmaceuticals, and other cleanroom dependent products. KLEENLine builds strong relationships with its customers based on understanding their unique requirements and delivering the highest performance. Adherence to sanitary standards and compliance with BISC, USDA, and FDA standards is a long-standing KLEENLine commitment. Solution and services focus on ultra-sanitary design and construction, solving difficult applications, fast turnaround, and personally delivering all required resources in-house. For more information about KLEENLine, visit their website at http://www.KleenLine.com.

About Pro Mach
Pro Mach is a leading provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. Through multiple business units and related brands, Pro Mach provides equipment, installation, training, parts, and service in primary and secondary packaging, end-of-line packaging, material handling, and identification and tracking.

Pro Mach has a diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, which depend on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced packaging equipment and integrated solution sets. Pro Mach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Pro Mach visit our website at http://www.ProMachInc.com.

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