Business and Operations
AMF Bakery Systems acquires Workhorse Automation, LLC
By Bakers Journal
By Bakers Journal
Richmond, Va. – AMF Bakery Systems has announced its acquisition of Workhorse Automation, Inc. of Kirkwood, Penn.
The acquisition will bring together the companies for the automation of pan, basket and product handling. The combined portfolio of robotic technologies and engineering expertise will help bakers worldwide build more efficient, productive, and fully automated bakeries.
“By joining forces, Workhorse brings technologies and products that fill existing gaps in AMF’s product line, including automated pan storage and retrieval systems as well as warehouse and freezer management systems,” mentioned Jason Ward, president of AMF Bakery Systems. “This is a very exciting opportunity for both companies and we are excited to welcome the Workhorse teammates to the AMF family.”
“AMF is the perfect fit to grow and expand the Workhorse business for the future and the most important reasons are our shared values and absolute commitment to customer success,” noted Colin McShane, founder and president of Workhorse Automation. “I am excited to continue innovating and supporting this business in the years to come as part of the AMF team.”
Moving forward, AMF’s portfolio of pan and lid management systems and post-packaging automation solutions which entails product loading, basket stacking and unstacking, and basket washing, will go to market as AMF Workhorse. This brand joins the growing family of brands within AMF’s complete portfolio alongside AMF Tromp, AMF Flex, AMF BakeTech, AMF Den Boer, and AMF Vesta.
Together, the companies will manufacture integrated bakery automation solutions from multiple locations including the Kirkwood, Richmond and Sherbrooke, Que., locations, under the AMF Workhorse brand.
“The increased production capacity and combined engineering and service teams will allow us to drive product improvement, increase research and development opportunities and strengthen our commitment to best-in-class customer care for our customers around the world,” noted David Burke, vice-president of operations for U.S. and Latin America at AMF Bakery Systems.