Canadian Packaging

Shawpak Systems completes change in ownership

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

Automation acquisition Alex E. Jones & Associates food processing conveyors Gerry Cellucci Shawpak Systems

New ownership of Canadian packaging equipment supplier and manufacturer includes promoting of technologies between Alex E. Jones & Associates and Shawpak.

OAKVILLE, ON—Shawpak Systems Ltd. has announced the completion of the sale and transfer of ownership of the company to a group of individuals from Shawpack and from partners of Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd.

Still to be known as Shawpak Systems, the company was acquired by two salesmen of Shawpak—Rick Topp and Larry Swift—as well as four partners of Alex E. Jones & Associates—Gerry Cellucci, Paul Duke, Stephane Morin and Christian Charbonneau.

According to Cellucci, who talked with Canadian Packaging magazine, he, Duke, Morin and Charbonneau are still partners with Alex E. Jones & Associates, but clarified that the purchase of Shawpack is indeed a private purchase.

Following the acquisition, Nigel Turnpenny, formerly of Mettler Toledo, joined the company as a partner as well as regional manager for Western Canada now providing local sales and service support to the area.


Established in 1984, Shawpak Systems is a leading Canadian supplier of product inspection and packaging equipment in Canada—manufacturing food processing conveyors and distributing metal detection units, checkweighers and modular hygiene stations.

New Shawpak Systems president Gerry Cellucci says, “This transaction marks 27 years of ownership and effective stewardship of Shawpak Systems by Pete Skinner Jr. and Peter Skinner Sr. Together, the Skinners have made tremendous positive contributions to the company and, as a result, to our customers and our employees.

“We look forward to continuing in the same tradition and with same  commitment. We greatly appreciate the support we received on this ownership change from our employees and so many of our stakeholders.”

Cellucci adds that Shawpak is still a separate corporation, but did note that all seven partners will be promoting all the products held by Shawpak and Alex E. Jones & Associates.

“We created a logo that both companies will use to provide a visual tie between the two companies, but, as mentioned, they are separate corporations,” says Cellucci.

The new organizational change will focus on delivering exceptional sales and service to a client base with an ever increasing expectation of product knowledge and professionalism from their partners and vendors. Vice-president of sales Rick Topp, vice-president of technical services Larry Swift and Nigel Turnpenny, sales and service, Western Canada will all play key roles in shaping the future position of the company, as it looks to become a premier source of for product inspection systems in Canada.

Shawpak Systems distributes product inspection systems with sales and service centers in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec servicing all of Canada. The company’s factory trained technicians are instrumental in overseeing machine installations, start-up support, emergency repairs, troubleshooting, regular maintenance, machine upgrades and Certificate of Compliance.

Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd. is a leading Canadian supplier of packaging automation solutions and is the exclusive representative for many of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1976, Alex E. Jones supplies packaging equipment for the manufacturing sectors in the food, beverage, consumer goods and pharmaceutical products industries. It provides national sales and service representation with offices in Edmonton, Oakville and Montreal. For more information visit

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