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Bemis Co., Inc. signed an agreement to sell its Menasha, WI, and Catoosa (Tulsa), OK, facilities to Exopack Holding Corp.

Italy-based Prasmatic shrink wrapping and case packing machinery is available in the U.S. and Germany-based oli packaging machinery is available in the U.S. and Canada and both are represented by Alliance Packaging Solutions, LLC.

Systech Intl. and Videojet Brazil entered into a partnership where Videojet will sell, install, and support Systech’s serialization solution in Brazil, allowing pharmaceutical manufacturers to meet the country’s emerging regulatory requirements.

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. announced they will combine to form Yaskawa America, Inc. The Motoman Inc. operations, headquartered in Dayton, OH, will form the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. operations, headquartered in Waukegan, IL, will form the Drives & Motion Division.

Schneider Electric Elau Packaging Solutions relocated its headquarters into the new Packaging Technology and Solutions Center in Des Plaines, IL.

Adept Technology, Inc. will acquire MobileRobots Inc.

Elopak joined the Carbon Disclosure Project’s supply chain program, an international system for tracking carbon emissions performance.


Hormel Foods awarded Silgan Containers its Spirit of Excellence Award.

vonGAL received the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Energy Champion Award for achieving more than 250,000 million Btu total energy savings or more than 15% total energy savings at its facility in Montgomery, AL.

Schneider Packaging Equipment is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The American Gear Manufacturers Assn. recognized Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. with a special 50 Year Membership Award.

Loma Systems was awarded the Food Processing Award (UK) for Technical Development, for the variable frequency technology that is utilized in its IQ3 family of metal detection systems.


George Allen was hired as director of sales for Packaging and Converting Solutions for Roberts PolyPro, a div. of Pro Mach.

Brian Beuning was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Charter Films Inc.

Jeff Drees was appointed U.S. president of Schneider Electric.

Don Frederico joined the PAC Machinery Group as Midwest regional sales manager. Michael Mahfet was appointed vice president and general manager for ABB’s robotics business in North America.

Erik Bronander was promoted to vice president of sales for Labeling Systems, a div. of Pro Mach.


Pat Sharkey, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, passed away on May 30, 2010.

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