Barry-Wehmiller to acquire Sandiacre Rose Forgrove in UK |

Barry-Wehmiller to acquire Sandiacre Rose Forgrove in UK

DUNCAN, S.C. — Nov. 29, 2006 — Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., and Dan Jones, President and CEO of Hayssen Packaging Technologies, Inc., have announced an agreement to purchase the assets of Sandiacre Rose Forgrove, a division of Molins PLC. Sandiacre will be integrated with Hayssen to form one of the largest flexible packaging equipment providers, with more than $80 million in revenues. The newly formed HayssenSandiacre will have a combined installed based of equipment in excess of 15,000 units, with customers spanning the globe.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jones said, “We are very pleased to combine Hayssen and Sandiacre Rose Forgrove, which will enhance our combined vertical and horizontal technology for flexible packaging. The expansion of our product and service offerings will further improve our ability to support the needs of our customers.”

Hayssen, a division of Barry-Wehmiller, is a recognized global leader in flexible packaging machinery. Hayssen was founded in 1910 and provides vertical and horizontal packaging systems for a broad range of industries within the food and consumer products marketplaces. Hayssen’s global headquarters is located in Duncan, South Carolina, USA.

Sandiacre, based in Nottingham, U.K., was founded in 1969 as a manufacturer of high-speed vertical form/fill/seal machines and integrated systems. Rose Forgrove was founded in 1901 as a manufacturer of horizontal form/fill/seal machines and integrated systems for the packaging of consumer goods. The combined business, Sandiacre Rose Forgrove, was established by Molins PLC with the acquisition of Rose Forgrove in 2001.

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a world leading supplier of packaging, corrugating and paper converting technology, as well as engineering consulting services, across a broad spectrum of industries. Barry-Wehmiller’s balanced and diversified approach to the market is made possible through 11 interactive divisions: Accraply, a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling systems; Barry-Wehmiller Company, manufacturing bottle washers and pasteurizers for more than 120 years; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources, a pioneer in the creation, development, and integration of advanced information technology and engineering solutions; Central Bottling International (CBI), specializing in quality industrial manufacturing equipment and services for the food, beverage, and packaging industries worldwide; Design Group, a premier supplier of manufacturing automation and engineering consulting services; FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, a leading producer of advanced conveyance technology and material handling equipment; HayssenSandiacre, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 100 years; MarquipWardUnited, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), providing advanced converting, printing, and packaging technologies for the tissue, nonwovens, and flexible packaging industries since 1919; Pneumatic Scale, a global provider for can seaming, capping, centrifugation, dry filling, labeling, and liquid filling; and Thiele Technologies, a leading supplier of cartoning, case packing, bagging, and palletizing equipment.

In fiscal year 2008, a combination of organic and acquisition growth is expected to grow Barry- Wehmiller’s annual revenues to more than $1 billion for the first time in the company’s 120-year history, with more than $200 million of that in global markets.
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