May River Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market industrial growth companies, announced today the creation of Automated Handling Solutions (www.automatedhandlingsolutions.com), a newly established platform offering highly engineered material handling equipment and automation solutions. The platform was formed through the combination of two specialty conveying and material handling businesses: Spiroflow, a global manufacturer of material handling equipment and provider of control systems integration, and Cablevey Conveyors, a market leading manufacturer of patented tubular drag conveying systems for food and beverage and high value industrial applications. Together, the combined companies will offer a differentiated and comprehensive suite of material handling equipment and industrial automation solutions to marquee customers globally.
“We are thrilled to welcome Spiroflow and Cablevey to the May River portfolio. We see an extraordinary opportunity to invest and grow these market-leading brands under one platform. With these foundational assets, we expect to further accelerate the profitable growth both Spiroflow and Cablevey have seen during the past several years,” said May River Partner, Steve Griesemer. “The specialty conveying sector is a high growth segment serving attractive end markets. Under the new platform, Cablevey and Spiroflow are uniquely positioned to serve this growing demand and build upon their track records of delivering innovative solutions to global customers.”
Founded in 1971 by Michel Podevyn and based in Monroe, North Carolina, Spiroflow offers one of the most comprehensive lines of handling equipment and complementary automation solutions in the industry, including flexible screw conveyers, bulk material filling and discharging equipment and integrated control solutions. Spiroflow was a pioneer and early innovator in flexible screw conveying. During its history, the company has built a strong reputation as a provider of precision material handling equipment used in high value applications in markets such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and specialty chemical end markets.
Through the leadership of Podevyn and CEO and Co-Chairman Jeff Dudas, Spiroflow has achieved significant recent growth in both the US as well as the UK, where the business was founded and still has a key facility. With installations in more than 50 countries, the company’s technology is known for its safety, efficiency and reliability, serving some of the most demanding material handling applications.
“We’ve come a long way during the past 50 plus years, as we’ve built a company that has become an important and reliable partner to our customers,” said Podevyn. “We could not be more excited for the Spiroflow team to take the company to the next level through its new partnership with May River Capital.”
“With the additional financial and operational resources May River brings, we are excited to continue to invest in the business and drive growth. We believe this new partnership will further our track record of innovation and expansion that has served our customers, employees and the entire Monroe, North Carolina, and Clitheroe, UK communities well during the past several decades,” said Spiroflow CEO and Co-Chairman Jeff Dudas. Dudas will continue with Spiroflow as interim CEO, focusing on advancing growth-oriented initiatives through his deep network of customer and industry relationships.
“Spiroflow’s portfolio of conveying, storage, automation integration and system designs, combined with a North American and European presence, have positioned the company perfectly to catalyze this new platform’s growth,” said May River Executive Resource Group member Brad Sterner, who is acting CEO of Cablevey and will become Executive Chairman of AHS. “We will leverage May River’s ownership of both the Advanced Material Processing (AMP) process equipment platform and AHS to drive continued market share gains in our served global, high growth end markets of food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical and general industrial sectors.”
Winston & Strawn served as legal counsel to May River. BDO, Capital Advisors, LLC served as financial advisor, while Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP served as legal counsel to Spiroflow and its shareholders.
About May River Capital
May River Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle-market, industrial growth companies. May River Capital invests in high-quality industrial growth businesses, including precision manufacturing, engineered products and instrumentation, specialized industrial services, and value-added industrial distribution services. For more information, please visit www.mayrivercapital.com.
Spiroflow is a global leader in the field of powder handling and dry solids processing and an emerging leader in control systems integration. Throughout the company’s 50-plus-year history, its design engineers and process automation teams have provided customers with the safest, most efficient, and most reliable conveying and handling solutions available. Learn more at www.spiroflow.com.
About Cablevey Conveyors
Cablevey Conveyors is a global specialty conveyor manufacturer that designs, engineers, assembles and services tubular drag cable and disc conveyor systems. With customers in more than 65 countries, the company specializes in moving materials for food/beverage and industrial powder processors that seek food-grade conveying performance with systems that are clean, fast, energy-efficient and cost-effective. Learn more at www.cablevey.com.