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Viking Plastic Packaging / Reliable Packaging Systems Named New Distributor For Accu-Seal SencorpWhite, Inc.

Viking Plastic Packaging / Reliable Packaging Systems Named New Distributor For Accu-Seal SencorpWhite, Inc.

Viking Plastic Packaging / Reliable Packaging Systems Named New Distributor For Accu-Seal SencorpWhite, Inc.Viking Plastic Packaging / Reliable Packaging Systems has signed a formal agreement for distribution with Accu-Seal SencorpWhite, Inc., a leading manufacturer of impulse sealing machinery. The agreement is effective immediately.

Davis Olney, the Sales Manager of Accu-Seal, comments, “Recognizing the value that Viking Plastic Packaging offered and serving a region currently not well served for Accu-Seal, we initiated discussions with Viking.” He added, “A visit was made to meet with their team and it became evident to us that Viking offered all the capabilities and characteristics we were seeking in a distribution partner, namely, a knowledgeable and experienced sales team, broad industry experience, technical support capabilities and an understanding of the value of the Accu-Seal brand. Lastly, Viking Plastic Packaging was eager to forge a long-term relationship with Accu-Seal and they believe the relationship will prove extremely beneficial for both parties.”

Prior to establishing the formal terms of the distribution agreement, Viking and Accu-Seal had been working closely together on new opportunities and they had already been seeing positive results from the collaborative partnership.

Viking Plastic Packaging has locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, serving the upper Midwest.


About Viking Plastic Packaging / Reliable Packaging Systems

Since 1967, Viking Plastic Packaging/RPS has continued to meet and exceed its goal of providing customers with the best solutions for bringing products to market at the lowest possible price. A premier full-service distributor of packaging products, Viking offers the finest in flexible packaging equipment, materials, parts, service and training. Skilled technicians, armed with over 100 years of experience, assist in setup, testing, training, plus system integrations, rebuilds, troubleshooting and machine repair. The Viking clientele spans from individual proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies.

 

About SencorpWhite

SencorpWhite, a Connell Limited Partnership portfolio company, is a leading provider of unique end-to-end solutions for the packaging and management of high-value inventory. The company’s products and services – which range from innovative thermoformers and other packaging technologies to automated storage and retrieval systems plus inventory management software – cover the entire supply chain spectrum, from the point-of-manufacture through distribution and point-of-use.

 

For more information on this development, please contact:
Brian Urban, President/CEO
SencorpWhite
400 Kidds Hill Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
Phone: 508-771-9400
Email: burban@sencorpwhite.com
www.sencorpwhite.com

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350°F Bench Oven from Grieve

1024 Grieve Bench OvenNo. 1024 is a 350°F (177°C), bench oven from Grieve, currently used for curing the plug on end of long cables at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 28” W x 24” D x 18” H. 2 KW are installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular heating elements.

This Grieve bench oven has a modified roof which provides 7 slots with adjustable covers and 2” insulated walls. Additional features include Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior and Type 304, #4 brushed finish, stainless steel exterior.

Controls on the No. 1024 include a digital indicating temperature controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Suhner Launches New Tool Repair Center

Suhner’s North American service center has larger capacity, new equipment, better organization and more staff

Suhner Repair Center Team

Suhner proudly announces the opening of its new North American center. Located immediately next to the existing repair center on the company campus in Rome, Georgia, this facility offers customers several benefits. While the actual size is about the same as the previous repair center, there is 40% more workspace, thanks to better storage and materials handling operations. The center’s repair area has increased by 50% and there are new repair function areas, as well as new repair equipment. Suhner’s new center also features improved training facilities and a test area. The North American center has substantial room for expansion, as well, according to company sources.

Suhner Repair CenterOrganizationally, the center has shelving for vertical storage (18’ racking), industrial cabinets for organized parts storage and separate and dedicated stock areas. Further, Suhner has hired additional staff to offer better customer service to clients. This service includes onsite training in operations and maintenance of Suhner automated tooling equipment and other products in the line.

This new factory service center repairs spindles, multiple spindle heads, slides and live tooling. In the near future, Suhner will also service rotary index tables for CNC machines. Additionally, Suhner repairs its own line of abrasive power tools and competitive brands of spindles, multi-heads and live tooling.


For more information, please contact:

SUHNER Industrial Products Corp.

Lee Coleman, National Sales Manager-Machining Division
43 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161 USA
Phone: 706-314-2927
Fax: 706-235-8045
lee.coleman@suhner.com
www.suhner.com

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250°F Special Electrically Heated Oven from Grieve

Electrically Heated Oven from GrieveNo. 861 is a 250°F (121°C), special electrically heated oven from Grieve, currently used for drying small parts in a tray at the customer’s facility. 3 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 300 CFM, 1/3 HP recirculating blower provides vertical airflow upward through tray to the workload.

This Grieve oven holds one stainless steel tray 6″ wide x 18″ long x 6″ deep with perforated bottom. The tray sets on drip trap/air diffuser which is removable for cleaning. Features include 2” insulated walls and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior.

Controls on the No. 861 include a digital indicating temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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SencorpWhite and Minerva Associates Announce a Strategic Merger

Acquisition designed to deliver advanced logistics software offerings for manufacturing and distribution

ISSUED UNDER EMBARGO until Sept 1, 2018 – SencorpWhite (Hyannis, Massachusetts) announces the acquisition of Minerva Associates, a strategic merger designed to expand SencorpWhite’s complete warehouse logistics system solutions for the global market.

Since 1947, SencorpWhite’s automated storage and retrieval systems have been a leader in the North American market. With Minerva’s unique software design features and SencorpWhite’s expertise in material handling equipment, this powerful merger provides the supply chain industry with the widest available range of warehouse automation products and support services.

Minerva Associates, based in San Diego, CA, has provided warehouse management, warehouse control, and asset management system software since 1987. Serving a base of regional distributors to Fortune 500 customers, Minerva’s WMS, WCS, and AMS products are field-proven in distribution, manufacturing and 3PL billing & order management.

This merger complements SencorpWhite’s inventory storage and retrieval products and extensive field-service options. It strengthens SencorpWhite’s expanding software resources and allows the SencorpWhite family to offer comprehensive, turn-key hardware and software solutions; solutions that improve accuracy and efficiency, and satisfy unique customer needs with increased configuration choices. This acquisition further strengthens the company’s overall value proposition in the market, in tandem with the 2017 acquisition of Intek warehouse software and the partnership with ICAM for vertical lift modules.

“We are excited to be a part of this strategic merger,” said Lisa Minerd who will remain Minerva’s President. “SencorpWhite shares our dedication to provide customers with the highest level of service, and comprehensive system solutions that improve the customer’s bottom line.”

Our strategy is to be a great solutions company, and Minerva reinforces our position as a world-class provider of complete solutions for warehouse and storage automation,” said Frank Doyle, CEO of Connell Limited Partnership and chairman of its subsidiary SencorpWhite. “Minerva has a 31-year track record of providing great solutions to some of the world’s most recognizable companies, including large manufacturers and tech companies. This acquisition adds to our recently acquired Intek software bench strength multiple times over, and together we offer customers the strongest and most experienced WMS people in the business,” said Stan McLean, Intek’s VP System Sales & Implementation.


About SencorpWhite

SencorpWhite, a Connell Limited Partnership portfolio company, is a leading provider of unique end-to-end solutions for the packaging and management of high-value inventory. The company’s products and services – which range from innovative thermoformers and other packaging technologies to automated storage and retrieval systems and inventory management software – cover the entire supply chain spectrum, from the point-of-manufacture through distribution and to the point-of-use. For more information, call (508) 771-9400 or visit hwww. sencorpwhite.com and www.intek.com.

About Minerva Associates

Minerva Associates was founded in 1987 and is the sole owner, designer, developer, and provider of the Advanced Warehouse Logistics software platform, AWL. AWL provides measurable accuracy and efficiency improvements for distribution, manufacturing and 3PL billing & order management, from small regional distributors to Fortune 500 manufacturing enterprises. AWL installations can be found in North America, Western Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Minerva’s product offering and passionate talent are what make them stand out from other WMS software companies. For more information, call (858)-792-8626 or visit http://minerva-associates.com/.

SencorpWhite
400 Kidds Hill Rd | Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
508.771.9400 | info@sencorpwhite.com
www.sencorpwhite.com
Attention: Brian Urban

Minerva Associates
5910 Pacific Center Blvd. #330 | San Diego, CA 92121
858.792.8626 | info@minerva-associates.com
www.minerva-associates.com
Attention: Lisa Minerd

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Longtime Rep Corporation President Tim Graham Assuming New Role at Company

Graham to become Director of Special Projects, Jim Wirtz to succeed as President

REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces that Tim Graham, the company’s president since 2005 and a REP employee since 1979, will assume a new role, effective January 1st 2019.  Graham will become the Director of Special Projects and current After Sales Director for North America, Jim Wirtz, a longtime industry veteran, will assume the role of president.  Graham intends to remain with the company for the near term, before taking retirement in 2019.

Tim Graham has been a force in the North American rubber industry for many years.  After attending Hope College and the University of Michigan, where he achieved his degree in engineering.  Tim began his career in technical sales with REP in 1979, when REP Corporation was less than a decade old.  REP Corporation is the North American subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France, a world leader in rubber molding and related machinery.

Working with former presidents Jim Jennett and Ron Dagar, Tim Graham helped to steadily build the REP install base of machines in the North American market, which today totals over 3000.  He comments, “I’ve seen REP develop an amazing line of machines, over the years, starting with the G3.  I was with the company when we made a major breakout on G6 injection presses, the first in the industry with microprocessor closed loop control, a huge jump in technology for the rubber industry.”  Tim also watched the development of the company’s pioneering of valve-gated cold runner molding, which made a huge impact on the material consumption of the machinery on the market.

Tim Graham (left) and new REP Corporation President Jim Wirtz

Graham become VP at REP in 2005 and, shortly afterwards, assumed the role of president, the position he’s held until today.  He notes, “I’ve been at REP through some great periods of growth and also through some intense downtimes, but we’ve had a terrific team of sales and service people here at the company, over the years.  They’re responsible for helping the company achieve the position we hold in the market today, in combination with what I believe to be the most advanced rubber molding technology in the world.”

Along the way, Tim Graham has met some incredible people in the rubber business.  “I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the people in this industry, which I think derives from their technical skills combined with the people skills that drive any successful business.  Even as the industry has transitioned to a very high technical level and gone online for so much of the communications over the years, it’s still very people-centric and the relationships I’ve had with some of the stellar members of the rubber business have been extremely rewarding, on a personal level.”

Tim Graham has taken an active role in the industry, participating for many years in local rubber group functions and as a founding member of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers.  Tim’s legendary talents on the golf course are often the subject of discussion, he jokes, but he’s been proud to join his colleagues over the years in both business and social activities.  He’s also attended every rubber trade show since 1979.

As only the third president of REP Corporation since its inception in 1970, Tim is very proud of the continuity of management and commitment to the industry at REP.  “I’m certainly a very different person from my predecessors, but we all still talk and share stories about the industry and our company’s leading role in it.”

On the business side, Graham cites one project in particular as a shining star moment.  “REP was challenged by a leading pharmaceutical product manufacturer to devise a highly automated work cell arrangement.  We brought a variety of our engineering and machine building skills to the task at REP and fulfilled, even exceeded, our customer’s expectations.  We all worked very hard to meet the challenge and were very pleased with the outcome, as was our customer.  I think that, no matter how long you’re on the job, those moments are still very satisfying.”

He cites the many changes in the industry over the years.  “Service has never been more important.  From the early days of just-in-time in the auto industry until today, where the market has gone global and the high degree of automation means downtime must be minimized, we are now called upon more than ever to provide immediate assistance to our customers, whether it’s application engineering, commissioning and start-up validation, after-sales parts or machine service.  Yes, we sell quality machines, but there’s so much more to the customer relationship today, especially as the older rubber guys leave and a whole new generation assumes the workload.”

Tim Graham gets philosophical, at times.  “If I had to give advice to somebody in any business, it would be, don’t rest on your laurels.  Always reach out for the next challenge and keep innovating the ways you build machines as well as the way you do business.  A lot has changed over my years in the rubber industry, but that attitude has served REP well, since we began.”  He notes that following college, he worked for his dad, also in the rubber industry, who’d given him some of that same advice.

Jim Wirtz, the new president at REP, muses, “We’re very glad Tim is sticking around for a time.  His knowledge and especially his personal relationships with our customers are invaluable assets to REP.  I look forward to working with him in the new role.”

Tim Graham is a Detroit native and grew up in Bloomfield Hills.  Today, he resides in St. Charles, Illinois with wife Mary Anne.


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz

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950°F Belt Conveyor Oven from Grieve

950°F Belt Conveyor Oven from GrieveNo. 831 is a 950°F (510°C), belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating springs at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 14” W x 54” D x 3” H. 81,600 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating infrared natural gas burner to heat the oven chamber, while a 250 CFM, 1/3-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve belt conveyor oven has a 12” long open belt loading zone and a 54” long insulated heat zone with recirculated airflow.  Features include a 12” long open unloading zone and a 10” wide, 0.041” high carbon steel woven wire conveyor belt with 1/40-HP motor variable speed drive.

Additional features include 4” thick insulated walls comprising 2” of 1990°F block and 2” of 10 lb./cf density rockwool and an aluminized steel interior and exterior. The oven is equipped with safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment, including a 130 CFM 1/3-HP powered forced exhauster.

Controls on the No. 831 include a digital indicating temperature controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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1250°F High Temperature Horizontal Air Flow Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Horizontal Air Flow Cabinet OvenNo. 1045 is a 1250°F (677°C), high temperature horizontal air flow cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 38” W x 38” D x 38” H. A 350,000 BTU/HR is installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 2000 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow.

This Grieve horizontal air flow cabinet oven features 12” thick insulated walls comprised of 2” of 2300°F ceramic blanket and 10” of 10 lb/cf density rockwool. Features include an aluminized steel exterior, 16 ga stainless steel interior and a 325 CFM powered forced exhauster. Additional features include inner and outer door gaskets, inner gasket seals directly against door plug and outer gasket seals directly against front face of oven, plus all safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment.

Controls on the No. 1045 include a digital indicating temperature controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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500°F Universal Air Flow Oven from Grieve

No. 1043 is a 500°F (260°C), special universal air flow oven from Grieve, currently used to post-cure hose lengths at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 12” W x 30” D x 12” H. 24KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 2000 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides front to rear universal airflow.

Universal Air Flow OvenThis Grieve universal air flow oven features 6” insulated walls, aluminized steel exterior and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior. Additional features include truck wheel guide tracks on floor and an integral leg stand.

Controls on the No. 1043 include a digital programming temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Grieve Mourns the Loss of Pat Calabrese

 

P.J. “Pat” Calabrese

The entire family of The Grieve Corporation mourns the loss of its longtime President, P.J. “Pat” Calabrese, who died on February 17, 2018 in Lake Forest, Illinois at the age of 90.  Pat was the President of Grieve, a world leader in industrial ovens and furnaces, from 1958 until his retirement in 2008.  He worked closely with the company’s founder, Price Grieve.  Pat’s son Frank is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing, while Price’s son Doug is the President and CEO of the company, founded by Mr. Grieve in 1949.

Pat was born in Chicago, graduated in 1949 from the University of Illinois with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded that school’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.  He also held a number of positions with various industrial, business and Catholic charitable organizations.

Pat began his career at Grieve in 1958 as National Sales Manager, becoming President in 1968 and finally Chairman in 2006, following the death of Mr. Grieve.  During his tenure as President, the company grew steadily to become a global supplier of heat processing equipment for virtually every industry in every industrialized country in the world.

 


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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