CHICAGO (July 10, 4:55 p.m. EDT) — Brown Machine LLC has joined forces with a machine sales and service company to market its thermoforming products.
Stopol Inc. of Solon will represent Brown´s product lines of continuous, cut-sheet, twin-sheet and rotary thermoformers, as well as specialty systems, trim presses and lip rollers.
Additionally, Stopol will offer financing for new Brown equipment and trade-ins for used equipment, said Richard Tisch, vice president of sales and marketing for Brown of Beaverton, Mich.
Tisch said Brown will keep its direct sales agents throughout the country, and customers still will have the option of buying directly from Brown.
However, he said this first-ever deal with Stopol provides customers in the United States and Canada the added convenience of meeting multiple equipment needs in one place.
"Many thermoformer operations want new equipment ... but need to do something with the equipment they already have," Tisch said. "Before our alliance, these operations lost valuable time conducting two separate transactions with two separate companies."
Stopol specializes in selling used thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion, rotational molding and blow molding machinery. Stopol´s sister company, Stopol Business Services, arranges acquisitions and sales transactions for various aspects of the plastics industry.
"Stopol is very well-known in the industry — they´re the largest used-equipment broker in the industry," Tisch said. "And Brown being No. 2 in the world of thermoforming equipment manufacturing, it´s a real nice match."
The Stopol deal came just after Brown announced during NPE 2000 in Chicago that it had merged with fellow thermoforming equipment maker Lyle Industries Inc., also of Beaverton.
Tisch said the partnership with Stopol does not include Lyle or recently merged Gabler Maschinenbau GmbH equipment, but may in the future include other Brown acquisitions or alliances.