Barry-Wehmiller acquires Sidel subsidiary and announces Texas expansion
Hema, headquartered in Quimper, France, manufactures and sells filling systems for complex liquid foods like meats, edible oils, sauces, dressings, dairy products and liquid pate.
Sidel to focus on PET liquid packaging
The move is part of Sidel's strategy to focus on the core business of PET liquid packaging to the beverage industry. The transaction was completed on March 31, 2015.
Bob Chapman, chairman/CEO, Barry-Wehmiller said Hema complemented its diverse portfolio of packaging companies.
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, it will honour both existing supplier and customer agreements and Sidel will retain a supplier relationship with Hema ensuring customers continue to receive the same level of service already delivered.
“We are confident Hema will be further strengthened within the Barry-Wehmiller business model and its team members will thrive within our dynamic people-centric culture,” he said.
“We look forward to joining the talents of both organizations in creating a strong global presence in the filling market."
Design Group to grow to 120 engineers in the next several years
Design Group provides technology to manufacturers in food, beverage, life sciences, and other industrial sectors from more than 30 offices across the US.
The offices all opened in early 2015, and are located in Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with the firm’s Dallas office location, Design Group now has over 75 engineers and project managers based in Texas.
“The demand for facility engineering, industrial automation, and system integration services is robust in the Texas area,” said Bruce Kuebler, Design Group Partner.
“With four engineering offices in these key metropolitan areas, we are in a very strong position to serve our clients’ needs throughout Texas and the South Central region of the US.”
The offices have been designed with capacity for additional growth, and it expects to have 120 engineers and technical professionals based in Texas in the next several years.
Barry-Wehmiller has 10 interactive divisions: Accraply, BW Container Systems, Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI), BW Papersystems, Design Group, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), PneumaticScaleAngelus, Synerlink and Thiele Technologies.