Filling and packaging technology manufacturer Krones has acquired food and beverage processing equipment producer W.M. Sprinkman.
Established in 1929, Sprinkman supplies engineered food and beverage processing equipment for the dairy and brewing industries.
The company provides services to the customers ranging from start-up microbreweries to large multi-national food and beverage producers.
Sprinkman produces microbrewery equipment systems, including stainless steel brewing equipment, automation, piping, heat exchange, grain handling, yeast brinks and cellar equipment.
The company also produces processing systems such as mixing/blending batch systems, high temperature short time pasteurization (HTST) systems, clean-in-place (CIP) systems and hot water sets.
Sprinkman, which generates around $35m in revenues, employs more than 125 employees at its Waukesha and Elroy locations.
Sprinkman’s headquarter and management will continue to be based in Waukesha of Wisconsin, and production facility in Elroy.
The acquisition of Sprinkman, along with other recent acquired businesses, will help Krones to expand its product portfolio in North America.
The acquired businesses will enhance Sprinkman capabilities ranging from process technology solutions and bottling and packaging equipment to intralogistics, IT solutions, plastics recycling, and lifecycle service support.
In September this year, Krones also acquired the business operations and assets of Shanghai Xiantong Equipment Installation.
Since many years, the Chinese firm has been a partner and supplier to Krones in the field of process technology.
Krones Taicang has collaborated with Xiantong on the production, installation, and commissioning of process technology equipment for more than 20 years.
The acquisition has added Krones with production site for brewing equipment and other process technology solutions in China. It also added 170 employees, who serve complete value chain ranging from engineering, manufacturing to installation and commissioning.
The company is operating under the name Krones Processing (Shanghai), which delivers turnkey process technology solutions, specifically for breweries, around the globe.
Krones produces fully integrated packaging and bottling line systems, in addition to integrated brew house and processing systems, IT solutions and warehouse logistics systems.