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A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.


Pro Mach, Inc., acquired Federal Manufacturing, which will join Pro Mach’s Primary Packaging Business Unit.

Epson Robots redesigned its Web site with enhanced features to help its customers locate what they require for their automation projects.

RockTenn and UK-based DS Smith Plc entered into a strategic alliance, executing a licensing agreement that gives RockTenn the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute proprietary corrugated packaging designs and to distribute innovative packaging equipment in the U.S.

Sharp Packaging Systems relocated its engineering department and machine manufacturing and service group to a new 25,000 sq-ft facility in Pewaukee, WI.

Balluff Mexico opened a new corporate office in Querétaro, which features a training facility, technical support lab, and warehouse.

Rockwell Automation agreed to purchase the assets of the medium-voltage drives business of China-based Harbin Jiuzhou Electric Co., Ltd.

The 70,000 sq-ft  EcoStar (a Placon® company) facility is dedicated to recycling PETE by reclaiming both plastic bottles and thermoforms and turning them into premium food and nonfood grade flakes and sheet.

A-B-C Packaging’s new Web site is designed to help visitors quickly find machine information, view videos, download sales brochures, and complete machine RFQs online.


The National Assn. of Container Distributors presented its Bronze Award for the food category to IHOP at HOME® Syrup container, which is topped with Weatherchem’s LiquiFlapper® cap.

Bosch Packaging Technology’s New Richmond and Shell Lake, WI, facilities received an environmental excellence award for the Green Tier program, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.

Fowler Products, a div. of Pro Mach, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.


Robert Hukill was hired as aftermarket sales manager for Ossid, a div. of Pro Mach, Inc.

Martin Dallas was appointed managing director, packaging solutions, for Payne.

Mary Pence joined Arpac as director of marketing.

Eckhard Hörner-Marass was named managing director of manroland web systems GmbH.

Kevin Howard was appointed vice president and general manager of Shur Packaging Systems, Inc.’s packaging business operation in North America.

Jeff McKenna was appointed sales engineer, southern regional operations for Intelligrated®.

Jim Moss retires as Southwest regional manager of ID Technology.

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