Converting Systems boosts technology with J&C acquisition

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Converting Systems Inc. has expanded its technology base for downstream film production equipment by acquiring J&C Industries of Searbrook, N.H.

Much of Converting Systems’ work is rebuilding machinery, especially the electronics portions. J&C’s expertise in Allen-Bradley electronic controls complements Converting Systems’ typical use of Rexroth control in equipment rebuilding, said Converting Systems founder and general manager Bill Englelhardt in a phone interview.

Converting Systems gets J&C’s intellectual property — including machinery and parts drawings — and programmable logic controls and operator interface systems. Converting Systems of Schaumburg, Ill., did not disclose terms of the deal, which it announced March 7. J&C’s former owner Chris Zanellis has retired.

“We were competitors for years,” Engelhardt said. His background included a stint at primary blown film machinery supplier Gloucester Engineering before he founded his company in 1999.

Converting Systems has rebuilt winders, bag-making machines and other auxiliary equipment across the United States.

“We are very focused on customer support,” Engelhardt said. He feels it should be easier to document and manage upgrades when his company and the customer share geography. “We didn’t want to see J&C equipment stranded in the field.”

While Converting Systems adds J&C’s technology to its own, “we will make this integration process as smooth as possible.”

Converting Systems designs, makes and rebuilds plastic bag machines, winders/unwinders, separators and related equipment. It can customize parts for a wide range of machinery brands or facilitate ordering of OEM parts from major companies in the industry.