Brown Machine Group merges with Freeman Co.

Brown Machine Group announced its merger with Freeman Co. to enhance capabilities in thermoform tooling.

Brown Machine Group is a manufacturer and servicer of highly-engineered thermoforming and automated material handling equipment used in the conversion of plastic sheet into high-value-add products, and Freeman Co. is a manufacturer of thermoform tooling used predominantly in the high volume food packaging industry.

“Brown’s customers enjoy a complete package of process engineering, tooling, productivity enhancement kits, spare parts, 24/7 customer service and access to our state-of-the-art prototyping laboratory for thermoforming processes. We are the only thermoforming manufacturer in the United States that offers a full range of products, and the corresponding support services, that ensure our customers success. The addition of Freeman provides a more complete tooling solution, further establishing Brown’s position as a comprehensive solutions provider in the thermoforming equipment realm,” commented Brown Machine Group CEO Bryan Redman.

Larry Mears, Freeman CEO, will be retiring after the BMG combination with Mike Mullholand, Freeman COO, assuming full leadership responsibilities of the Freeman operation. Mike remarked, “Larry and I have been looking for the right partner for some time now, and we are very happy to be joining the Brown Machine Group family. We are all thrilled about the enhanced product offering for our collective customers, and the re-investment into the business we are all making to ultimately benefit the thermoforming industry.”

The transaction was effective as of January 5, 2018.

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