CPM Holdings, a supplier of process equipment and technology to the human and pet food, fuel and engineered materials industries, acquired of Proline Engineering based in Manchester, UK.
Founded in 1996, Proline is a supplier of high-speed, high-volume conveyance solutions, installation and aftermarket services for the metal packaging industry. Proline will join Greenbank Technology in CPM’s metal packaging solutions platform.
“Proline brings terrific synergies to our metal packaging offering,” said CPM President Ted Waitman, in press release. Proline’s bespoke material handling solutions complement CPM’s leading position in washer and thermal technologies for the two-piece can industry. Most importantly, Proline shares CPM’s core values, operating philosophies and unyielding customer commitment.”
Former owners Ivan Wroe, Stephen Rimmer, Colin Timms and Gary Jones will continue to serve Proline in leadership and management roles.
“With CPM, Proline will accelerate its global growth and development,” said Wroe, in a press release. “We will build on our industry-leading conveyance technology to connect critical process equipment to create bespoke systems solution to customers around the world.”
The Proline acquisition expands CPM’s metal packaging product portfolio, which includes washers, dryers, curing ovens and conveyance solutions. Proline will maintain its operations in Manchester while leveraging CPM’s global operational base. CPM will invest resources and align business processes to support growth around the world.
The origins of CPM can be traced back to California's Napa Valley, where in 1883, the Toulouse and Delorieux Company manufactured presses, crushers and stemmers for winemakers. In 1931, the company created its first pellet mill, the 30 HP Flat Bed with stationary flat die, and the company became California Pellet Mill. Today, over 900 CPM employees work at 20 facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
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