GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Bettcher Industries Inc. announced its acquisition of Cantrell, a US-based manufacturer of equipment and systems for the poultry processing industry. With this acquisition, Bettcher Industries expands its ability to offer a wider range of equipment and system solutions to processors. 

Cantrell, which was founded in 1972, manufactures evisceration and picking equipment, second processing equipment, wing segmenters, vacuum systems and spare parts. The company sells its products to poultry processors in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

“These are exciting times for the company,” said Don Esch, CEO of Bettcher Industries. “With Cantrell joining the Bettcher family of businesses, we are positioned for accelerated growth and further expansion of our market activities, giving us opportunities to support our poultry processing customers in more ways than ever before.”

Day-to-day operations of Cantrell will be unaffected by the ownership change. “Dane Woods and Tony Rice remain as co-general managers, and Cantrell customers will see no changes in how we serve them. We anticipate offering expanded solutions and services by building synergies with our companion businesses,” said Joe Cowman, president of the Cantrell Gainco Poultry Group.