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Duravant buys weighing and counting machine manufacturer Ohlson Packaging

US-based Duravant has acquired weighing, counting and filling machine manufacturer Ohlson Packaging.

Based in Taunton of Massachusetts, Ohlson Packaging produces automatic food packaging lines and provides a complete line of solutions for packaging products into bags, bottles, boxes, premade pouches, cups, containers, trays and MAP systems.

Since 1967, Ohlson has been developing and manufacturing automatic and semi-automatic net weighing and counting machines.

The company produces linear weighers, vertical baggers, pouch machines, bucket elevators, rotary tables and supply hoppers.

Ohlson’s machinery solution can be used in several applications, including frozen foods, cheese and diary, chocolate, candy, confections, fruits and vegetables, coffee and powdered products, and Snack foods.

Ohlson provides services to customers such as Frito-Lay, Hershey’s, Kraft Foods, Tyson Foods and Maple Leaf Foods.

The acquisition will allow Duravant to expand its services to the customers in frozen foods, hardware, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, snack foods and electrical components.

Duravant CEO Mike Kachmer said: “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."

Ohlson Packaging president John Ohlson said: “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."

Duravant's packaging equipment companies are engaged in the development and manufacturing of bag packaging equipment for the global customers.

The firm’s subsidiary Mespack produces high speed form-fill-seal machines, multi-lane machines, pre-made pouch filling equipment and continuous motion filling systems.

Its other business unit Arpac produces a range of shrink wrappers, shrink bundlers, tray formers, case formers, tray packers, case packers, shrink tunnels, palletizers, robotic palletizers and pallet stretch wrappers.