ProMach Expands Sanitary Production & Material Handling Capabilities with Acquisition of KLEENLine

Dec 03, 2012
  • ProMach 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 ProMach brands
  • KLEENLine management team remains with ProMach


Cincinnati, OH - ProMach, 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, ProMach 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 ProMach and operations will continue out of the KLEENLine facility in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Jim Laverdiere joins ProMach as Vice President and General Manager for the KLEENLine operation. KLEENLine will join ProMach's newly formed Material Handling Business Unit, which includes Shuttleworth, based in Huntington, Indiana.

“We are enthusiastic about the benefits of combining KLEENLine and ProMach’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 ProMach.”

“Joining ProMach is an outstanding opportunity for our customers and team,” said Jim Laverdiere. “ProMach 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, ProMach 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.”

For more information about KLEENLine, visit their website at www.KleenLine.com.

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