DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. – Duravant LLC, a global engineered equipment provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling industries, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodmate, a leading manufacturer of poultry processing equipment with headquarters in Ball Ground, Ga., and Numansdorp, the Netherlands. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The deal combines two leading global engineered equipment manufacturers and extends Duravant’s ability to serve customers and partners in more than 190 countries within the food processing sector.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership,” said Mike Kachmer, president and chief executive officer of Duravant. “Foodmate is the preferred provider of processing systems in the poultry processing industry globally. Combine that with their culture of laser-focused innovation and superior engineering expertise, Foodmate is a wonderful addition to the Duravant family.”

Duravant operates manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A portfolio of operating companies, which includes Marlen, enables global sales distribution and service networks to provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets the companies serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors.

“We’re excited to be a part of and collaborate with the Duravant family of world-class brands,” said Scott Hazenbroek, president of Foodmate US. “Duravant and Foodmate are clearly aligned with a shared culture and Duravant’s global footprint will assist us in continuing to deliver premium solutions, optimize yield, improve quality and reduce labor costs for our customers.

“Duravant’s lifecycle management via the company’s SupportPro services complements and enhances our existing field service offerings that will further increase customers’ productivity and efficiency goals,” he added.

Foodmate has been a competitive brand of full-line poultry processing machinery for more than 15 years. The company boasts a strategic global footprint featuring manufacturing and engineering hubs in Europe, demonstration and showroom facilities in the United States and the Netherlands and sales and assembly in the United States. Foodmate’s customers are further supported by a local presence in 55 countries.