ProMach acquires: Jet Label & Packaging.

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ProMach, a global packaging machinery supplier headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, USA, has announced it has acquired Jet Label & Packaging, Western Canada's largest producer of labels for a variety of industries. The addition of Jet Label expands ProMachs labeling and coding capabilities and provides customers across Canada with enhanced sales and support to keep their packaging operations running at peak efficiency.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jet Label manufactures labels and printed tape for a broad range of industries, including food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, forestry, transportation, grocery stores, and mass-market retailers. Jet Label also manufactures labels for industrial applications, producing a range of durable, water- and weather-proof labels for harsh environments.

Jet Label provides sales, service and support from seven offices throughout Western Canada--spanning from Vancouver to Winnipeg.

"We're pleased to welcome the outstanding Jet Label team to ProMach," comments Mark Anderson, ProMach president and CEO. "With the addition of Jet, ProMach continues our label converting expansion that began over a decade ago with the vision of providing our North American customers with a labeling and coding partner that could serve all their needs--including labels, machinery, sales, service, and support--that is close to wherever they are. Bringing Jet into the ProMach family helps us fill in a significant piece of this vision with their strong operational base and well-earned reputation for providing solutions across all of Western Canada."

ProMachs ID Technology product brand has six existing label converting facilities throughout North America, with locations in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Ontario that provide flexographic labels, blank and shell labels, digital labels, synthetic labels and more. ID Technology also provides a full range of labeling and coding systems, offering customers ranging from small local startups all the way to national retailers with a total solution that includes both labels and machinery, all supported by an extensive network of more than 15 sales and service offices.

The addition of Alberta-based Jet Label now adds a seventh flagship converting facility, as well as additional sales and service offices to ensure customer needs are promptly met by a local team of labeling and coding experts.

Darrell Friesen, president and CEO of Jet Label, along with Rod Froment, vice president and COO of Jet Label, will continue leading the Jet Label team, spanning over 80 employees across their multiple locations. Also joining ProMach is Jet Label's sister company, Jet Marking Systems, a provider of label applicators, industrial printers, tracking and traceability solutions, as well as other ancillary equipment, led by Dan Stickney, general manager of Jet Marking Systems.

"ProMach understands the importance of being close to the customer, which is a core value for Jet Label," says Friesen. "Their vision for how to support labeling customers is perfectly in line with our own, which makes this a great partnership. We have many existing loyal customers who will now have immediate access to an expanded network of labels, machinery, service, and support with ID Technology's existing infrastructure, as well as access to ProMachs innovative packaging equipment portfolio that runs from the front to the end of the packaging line. From our days as a single-press, single-client startup over two decades ago, to becoming one of Western Canada's most prominent label manufacturers, to now being a part of ProMach's Labeling & Coding portfolio, it's been an amazing journey and I'm looking forward to many years of continued growth and success."

"The addition of Jet Label, with their offices across Western Canada, immediately expands the coverage for our North American national customers," states Alan Shipman, president of ProMach's Labeling & Coding Business Unit."Combine that with Jet Label's cutting-edge technologies and capabilities, from digital printing, single-pass RFID insertion, precision color-matching, 24/7 operation, and total platform redundancy, and ProMach is well-positioned to continue helping customers of all shapes and sizes grow their business with a single source partner for labels, equipment, service, and support."


* Xeikon America and Anderson & Vreeland have jointly announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Anderson & Vreeland will sell the Xeikon line of dry toner and inkjet-based digital label presses in the United States and Canada. The move, which was announced at the recent TLMI Annual Meeting, increases Xeikon's sales strength in North America.

"As market dynamics continue to evolve, label converters are challenged to meet their customers' evolving requirements. They need to find the right print production manufacturing process for this changing market," says David Wilkins, vice president, sales, Xeikon America. "Anderson & Vreeland is a trusted advisor to the industry, providing label shops with inks, flexo plates, plate imagers and plate processors. They're uniquely positioned to engage in such conversations, which now include Xeikon digital printing. This partnership has enormous potential for both our companies and, ultimately, our customers."

A&V will begin offering Xeikon digital press solutions in early 2020 while the current Xeikon sales managers maintain their territory and account base. For each prospective customer, A&V will work in partnership with Xeikon's regional sales managers to assemble the optimal configuration and to assist in contract negotiation, ordering and installation. Xeikon will provide maintenance services and consumables for the digital presses after the sale is complete.

"We've seen a steadily increasing interest in digital label and packaging production among our customer base," says Dave Miller. director, digital business solutions, Anderson & Vreeland. "And the quality of Xeikon meets their high standards. We have chosen to work with Xeikon because they have the broadest portfolio in the digital label space, covering both UV inkjet and dry-toner technologies. converting equipment, consumables, embellishment and workflow software."

This partnership allows the customer to build their own digital setup to best serve their business rather than buying off-the-shelf solutions. Xeikon's 30-plus year experience within the digital space brings a wealth of knowledge and credibility on growing revenue and achieving a profitable digital operation.

"We're proud to add Xeikon presses to the portfolio of solutions we offer, which includes being Flint Group's North American distributor tor Xeikon ThermoFlexX, printing plates and Rotec sleeves," adds Miller.


* Macaran Printed Products a division of W.N. Van Alstine and Sons, Inc. has announced that the company has become a 100% employee-owned entity, converting to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which became effective earlier this year.

Macaran, a high definition pressure sensitive label converter in Cohoes, NY, USA, was founded more than 44 years ago, and as an employee-owned company will continue to operate under the same business model and management structure for the foreseeable future.

Van Alstine and Sons is an industrial solutions company in the packaging space and was founded in 1950. Company president and corporate principal, Gary Riley, is very excited about the announcement. He says, "We believe an ESOP is the best way to reward our family of employees and ensure a bright and vibrant future for both companies."

According to CEO Nick Van Alstine, all hill-time employees are now company owners, participating as shareholders. "One of the reasons we chose to institute an ESOP was to protect and reward our employees who have played critical roles in crafting our success," comments Van Alstine.

Macaran's label and packaging solutions, advanced flexographic and digital printing technology and customer service have generated long-term growth for the business and rare levels of employee loyalty. Of the approximately 55 employees that work for Macaran today, Van Alstine states that about 85% have worked there for more than 10 years, noting that the company's leadership as a pressure sensitive converter is based on a customer-driven culture that makes service key. "Unparalleled service requires great employees who are dedicated to doing everything possible to serve the customer and as a result, grow the business," he comments.

It's a message the Macaran team understands and appreciates. Florence Brisee, Macaran's longest tenured employee, states the following about the new direction: "Nick could have sold Macaran and instead he chose to protect his employees so that everyone keeps their jobs. He is giving back to us to allow us to continue making Macaran the best it can be." Recent hire Brent Zampier concurs. "The Plan really is an amazing motivator and steps up the unique culture we have to another level of performance. This is the only way I know of to be part owner of a company and not to have to buy in. I see it as an amazing opportunity for us all."

For Van Alstine, protecting his employees meant keeping their jobs secure both now and in a future of growing technology and robotics trends."American workers face growing challenges," he comments. "This ESOP will help us retain valued employees. We expect the ESOP to increase the retirement security of our employee owners and provide motivation to make the company even more successful. We are all in this together."


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