Duravant Acquires Ohlson Packaging

Engineered equipment leader Duravant expands product offerings in North America with Ohlson acquisition.

Downers Grove, IL – January 3 2018 – Duravant, a global engineered equipment manufacturer serving the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, announced it has acquired Ohlson Packaging, a weighing, counting and filling machine manufacturer. The purchase expands Duravant’s product portfolio and strengthens the company’s integration and service capabilities.

Ohlson Packaging has designed and manufactured quality automatic and semi-automatic net weighing and counting machines since 1967. The product portfolio includes combination and linear weighers, vertical baggers, pouch machines, bucket elevators, rotary tables, supply hoppers and more. The company has built its business on a developed system that reduces its customers’ labor time, decreases square footage required for packaging and increases shelf life of perishable products through modified atmosphere packaging. The rugged durability of Ohlson products make it an easy choice for even custom and specialized applications.

"Our team is very excited to welcome Ohlson Packaging to the family of Duravant Operating Companies,” said Mike Kachmer, CEO of Duravant. “We truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with John Ohlson and the entire Ohlson Packaging team. They have done an outstanding job of growing their business in a profitable way while demonstrating values that are perfectly aligned with those at Duravant."

John Ohlson, president of Ohlson Packaging, said, "We are very excited about joining Duravant." "Ohlson’s commitment to its customers is the cornerstone of our business, and we look forward to carrying on that customer-centric philosophy as a member of the Duravant family."

Ohlson Packaging has proudly served such customers as Frito-Lay, Hershey’s, Kraft Foods, Tyson Foods and Maple Leaf Foods. With the acquisition of Ohlson Packaging, Duravant will continue to serve its customers in frozen foods, hardware, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, snack foods, electrical components and beyond.

About Ohlson Packaging

Ohlson Packaging is a manufacturer of automatic food packaging lines located in Taunton, Massachusetts. Ohlson Packaging offers a complete line of solutions for packaging products into bags, bottles, boxes, premade pouches, cups, containers, trays and MAP systems, specializing in the food industry. Since its inception in 1967, Ohlson has dedicated its business to the careful and accurate automatic weighing of product by equipment designed ruggedly enough to withstand 24/7 operation. For more information, visit www.ohlsonpack.com. Ohlson Packaging is a Duravant Company.

About Duravant

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, 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, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. For more information, visit www.duravant.com.

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