Canadian Packaging

Pro Mach to be acquired by affiliates of AEA Investors

Jordan Company selling packaging machine manufacturer Pro Mach in a deal expected to be completed by Q4 2014.


September 18, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Cincinnati, OH—Pro Mach, Inc., has announced that affiliates of AEA Investors LP are acquiring the packaging machinery leader from The Jordan Company.

The transaction is expected to be completed in Q4 2014, though financial terms were not disclosed.

Pro Mach is a leading manufacturer of integrated packaging and processing equipment solutions, and provider of training, installation, parts, and service for customers worldwide. Through more than 25 brands in bottling and capping, primary packaging, flexible packaging, material handling, identification and tracking, and end-of-line packaging, Pro Mach provides automated solutions that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and industrial goods companies.

“We are proud to announce our new ownership under AEA,” says Pro Mach president and chief executive officer Mark Anderson. “AEA understands our business, shares our vision, and will provide significant support for Pro Mach and its management team as we continue to grow our company and fulfill our highest priority—serving our customers. Our outstanding management team will remain intact and continue to lead our growth and execute our strategy. With AEA’s support, we look forward to continuing our expansion in world markets and building on our position as the premier provider of integrated packaging, material handling, and processing solutions in North America and beyond.”

Continuing, Anderson adds: “Personally I’m very proud of all our employees and the hard work they put in every day to strengthen Pro Mach’s reputation as a leading integrated solutions provider and make us a success. “We couldn’t do what we do without them and we are very fortunate to have such great teams at all our brands.”

Pro Mach’s brands include Allpax, Axon, Benchmark Automation, Brenton, Currie by Brenton, Dekka, Edson, Federal, Fowler, ID Technology, IPak, KLEENLine, Matrix, Orion, Ossid, Pace Packaging, Rennco, Roberts PolyPro, Shuttleworth, Tekkra, Wexxar/BEL, and Zalkin. Pro Mach’s Flexible Packaging Group also sells, integrates and supports Toyo Jidoki, Inever and FLtècnics brand equipment.

Pro Mach has a diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, which depend on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions.

Pro Mach is headquartered near Cincinnati, OH with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

“By providing a single source for integrated solutions and a wide range of stand-alone products, Pro Mach strategically solves important packaging, processing, and material handling challenges for a diverse range of customers worldwide,” explains AEA partner Tom Prymaner. “Pro Mach and its brands have an excellent reputation for manufacturing exceptional products and delivering exemplary customer service. We look forward to working with the management team to expand Pro Mach’s capabilities and grow the company.”

Jordan Company partner Brian Higgins states, “We are proud of what Pro Mach has accomplished in the marketplace and the success of our partnership. Their excellent management team has consistently grown the business, expanded their capabilities, and delivered superior products and services to its customers. We wish the Pro Mach team continued success under AEA’s ownership.”

Barclays Capital is acting as financial advisor to Pro Mach and The Jordan Company.

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA’s active individual investors include a network of more than 75 highly successful business executives, industrial families and former government leaders.

Today, AEA’s approximately 70 investment professionals operate globally with offices in New York, Connecticut, London, Munich and Shanghai. The firm manages funds that have approximately $6-billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small businesses and mezzanine and senior debt investing.

AEA Private Equity invests across four sectors: value added industrial products, specialty chemicals, consumer products/retail and services.

For more information on AEA, visit www.AEAInvestors.com.

The Jordan Company, founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm that manages funds with original capital commitments in excess of $8-billion with a 32-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries.

The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and they are supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies.

Headquartered in New York, The Jordan Company also has offices in Chicago and Shanghai. For company information, visit www.TheJordanCompany.com.

For more information on Pro Mach, visit www.ProMachInc.com.