Mercer Group buys chilling and freezing business in New Zealand
H&C Automated Solutions, a Mercer Group-owned company, announced the acquisition of freezing business of New Zealand engineering company Milmeq.
Milmeq is recognised as a global leader in automated carton chilling and freezing systems, with automatic chilling and freezing tunnels and plate freezers for the meat and dairy industries, recognised as setting the industry standard.
H&C is renowned for its capability to design and deliver world-leading automated solutions to the cheese, horticulture and red meat sectors globally. H&C has broad materials handling capability and specialised reverse packaging systems in cheese and, more recently, red meat that includes de-palletizing, de-boxing and de-bagging.
Mercer Group Chief Executive Officer, Richard Rookes said the acquisition of Milmeq was a huge win for customers. “Adding chilling and freezing systems to our capabilities means we now really can offer complete solutions to the back end of cheese and meat processing operations. That means our customers only have to engage one entity for a complete, integrated solution.”
As part of the acquisition, H&C has expanded its presence with a further New Zealand office in Auckland and an Australian office in Brisbane, in addition to its existing offices in Hastings, New Zealand and Green Bay, Wisconsin in the United States. This growth has seen the appointment of Mike Lee as General Manager for H&C, tasked with leading the integration of the two companies and driving the expansion of H&C’s client base. His previous experience includes two years as International Sales and Marketing Manager for Milmeq and 17 years working for global dairy companies Fonterra and Synlait.
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