Duravant Debuts at the 2014 Pack Expo Show in Chicago, IL

Our name is new, but our company has long been established as a leader in engineered equipment, serving global customers in the Food Processing, Packaging and Material Handling sectors.

Downers Grove, IL – November 2, 2014 – We are thrilled to announce our new name, our new brand and the renewal of a leading company in the Food Processing, Packaging and Material Handling sectors. Duravant, headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, is an engineered equipment and services company with an over 100-year operating history, serving customers in over 190 countries. Duravant's growing family of operating companies includes Marlen, Fischbein, Flexible Material Handling, and Best Conveyors. With 15 manufacturing and sales locations and over 450 employees around the globe, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, Duravant provides immediate and lifetime aftermarket support from Factory and Site Acceptance Testing to Preventative Maintenance, Service and Parts Programs.

Duravant's market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. Duravant product brands include Marlen, Carruthers, Fischbein, Saxon, Inglett, NestaFlex, MaxxReach, BestFlex, BestLine and BestReach.

"Our mission is to consistently deliver leading performance to our customers and partners through superior product design, on time project delivery and exemplary service," says Mike Kachmer, President and CEO of Duravant. "This is the core of what we do."

Kachmer, who joined the company in March 2014, adds, "Duravant is undergoing transformational growth. We were made up of individual companies that were independent and trusted leaders in their respective markets and product categories, but now we are stronger as a family of operating companies tied by a common thread defined by a consistent pursuit of operational excellence, shared best practices for developing new products and an intense focus on growth with a common set of customers."

The company is making strategic investments that build value for end users and operators by developing a robust product portfolio through new product development fueled by true innovation and by expanding into adjacencies through acquisitions. "It is our number one priority," says Kachmer. "We are partnering with our customers to identify how we can help them improve their processes and identify operational savings through product and service innovations."

Duravant would like to invite you to our booth at Pack Expo on Tuesday, November 4th at 2 o'clock in the afternoon for an exclusive press event to meet our CEO and the Duravant Leadership Team. Please join us for a brief introduction to Duravant followed by cocktails in our Marlen Booth #5541.


About our Operating Companies



Marlen, Inc. is a global manufacturer of food processing equipment for a variety of products including meat, poultry, pet food, fish, vegetables, fruit, bakery, confectioneries, snacks and dairy goods. Marlen products are sold under the Marlen and Carruthers brand names. For more than 50 years, Marlen has manufactured pumping, portioning, filling, size reduction, thermal processing and material handling equipment for pumping, portioning, filling, dicing, grinding, slicing, reducing, chilling and cooking food products. Hundreds of blue chip food processors turn to Marlen for highly engineered products, replacement parts, and field services, including the industry-elite Marlen Care Program. Visit us at Pack Expo in booth #5541 and at www.marlen.com.



Fischbein designs and manufactures bag packaging equipment and complete systems under the Fischbein, Saxon and Inglett brands. For over 100 years, Fischbein has been the leader in sewing and sealing systems by delivering highly engineered, robust and dependable solutions. Serving customers worldwide in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building material, medical and pharmaceutical industries, Fischbein has a full range of sealing, filling, weighing, handling, and palletizing equipment that is sold and serviced in more than 190 countries. Visit us at Pack Expo in booth #5104 and at www.fischbein.com.


Flexible Material Handling

Flexible Material Handling designs and manufactures products and services for truck loading and unloading applications. The NestaFlex and MaxxReach brands lead the market in flexible gravity and powered conveyors, telescopic conveyors and rigid belted conveyors. Known worldwide for their durability and reliability, Flexible Material Handling products are engineered to support material handling applications for distribution centers, e-commerce, parcel post, retail stores and a variety of manufacturers to help maximize productivity and increase efficiency. Visit us at Pack Expo in booth #5104 and at www.flexmh.com.

Best Conveyors

Best Conveyors designs and manufactures a complete line of gravity and powered expandable flexible conveyors, drive-in rigid units and telescopic boom conveyors. Specializing in designing turnkey systems for loading and unloading trucks at distribution centers and retail stores, the BestFlex, BestReach and BestLine brands are world renowned to save time, labor and increase overall efficiency in a wide range of material handling applications. Visit us at Pack Expo in booth #5104 and at www.bestconv.com.

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