CINCINNATI — ProMach, a supplier of packaging machinery solutions, announced June 13 its acquisition of Reepack, an Italian manufacturer of flexible packaging machinery. The acquisition of Reepack establishes ProMach as a single-source supplier for automated protein packaging.

Founded in 1998, Reepack is known for its vacuum chambers, thermoformers, tray sealers and flow wrappers. The company will join ProMach’s six other brands under its Flexibles and Trays segment. In acquiring Reepack, ProMach will gain technology in flow wrapping, expanding its flexible packaging line and capabilities in thermoforming.

“Reepack is a solid fit within the ProMach family,” said Mark Anderson, president and chief executive officer of ProMach. “They have great people, a strong customer-focused culture, and have been excellent partners. Reepack’s team has developed some wonderful technology, and we are excited to help them build distribution and continue to grow worldwide. We are excited about their engineering capabilities, and we intend to continue to invest in new product development. I am certain the business will do very well.”

Currently, Reepack offers several models of packaging equipment solutions to suit a variety of packaging styles, sizes and production speeds. According to ProMach, Reepack’s solutions complement Ossid, a ProMach brand of tray sealing and overwrapping technologies. In combining the two brands, ProMach will be able to offer every form of packaging possible in the raw protein and fresh produce industries, according to the company.

“The pairing of Ossid and Reepack brands allows us to serve our customers with a more complete solution to meet their growing needs as the market evolves,” said Ernie Newell, vice president and general manager of Ossid. “Reepack has an excellent line of products. When we match this with Ossid’s strong product portfolio and ProMach parts and service capabilities and customer reach, the future opportunities to deliver exceptional customer solutions and service are very exciting.”

In conjunction with the acquisition, Newell will be promoted to senior vice president of tray packaging, overseeing both Reepack and Ossid.

Reepack will remain in Italy with its 71 employees joining ProMach. Livio Valli, president and chief executive officer of Reepack, will join ProMach as vice president and general manager of its Reepack division.

“Having worked with Ossid for several years, I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for how ProMach runs their business,” Valli said. “Being a family-owned business, it was important to me that we join another company that values the existing people who have been integral to our prior successes and growth. The Reepack brand is synonymous with high quality Italian craftsmanship, and that will not change. I am confident in this move to ProMach, and we are delighted to work alongside other talented brands.”

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