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Orbitform Led Investor Group Acquires Wardcraft

JACKSON, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 1, 2019

Orbitform announced today that an investor group led by Orbitform, a manufacturer of product assembly systems, has acquired conveyor and quick die change equipment manufacturer Wardcraft of Spring Arbor, Michigan. The investor group purchasing Wardcraft includes Orbitform and several individual investors.

Wardcraft designs and manufactures conveyors and quick die change (QDC) products. Wardcraft conveyors transport metal stampings, parts, metal shavings, and other materials. The types of conveyors Wardcraft builds include: steel hinge conveyors, belt conveyors, mesh conveyors, and magnetic conveyors. Wardcraft’s QDC products reduce die change time for stamping operations. Examples of Wardcraft’s QDC products include: die lifts, die carts, die racks, clamps, die rails, and bolster extensions.

Orbitform, since 1984, has delivered over 9,000 assembly machines and custom assembly systems to customers around the world. Orbitform is vertically integrated, made in the USA, and committed to solving assembly manufacturing challenges.

Matt Snyder, President of Wardcraft, said, “Our team has been designing, building and installing robust material handling conveyors and quick die change solutions for over 60 years. From metal scrap conveyors used in stamping operations to metal chip conveyors in machining factories, our team delivers reliable solutions that make customers’ lives easier.” Snyder continued, “With an installed base of over 1,000 systems, we look forward to working with Orbitform, and the other new investors, to continue the long history of material handling and quick die change solutions offered by Wardcraft. Orbitform’s commitment to invest locally, and their desire to expand solution offerings is compelling. Their investment represents a significant opportunity for both my coworkers and our customers to succeed.”

Phil Sponsler, President of Orbitform, said, “This acquisition represents a unique opportunity for Orbitform, and the other individual investors, to purchase a strong, Jackson area manufacturing business that has been serving industrial customers for over 100 years.” Sponsler adds, “Orbitform and Wardcraft know each other well. Orbitform has purchased conveyors from Wardcraft in the past. Those Wardcraft conveyors were purchased both for Orbitform’s internal machine shop and to integrate with automated assembly systems Orbitform delivered to our customers.”

“We are grateful to be able to participate in the future of Wardcraft as we seek ways to share best practices between the organizations, ” concludes Sponsler.

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About Wardcraft

With over 60 years of experience and based in Spring Arbor, Michigan, Wardcraft designs and manufactures conveyors and quick die change (QDC) products. Wardcraft conveyors transport metal stampings, parts, metal shavings, and other materials. The types of conveyors Wardcraft builds include: steel hinge conveyors, belt conveyors, mesh conveyors, and magnetic conveyors. Wardcraft’s QDC products reduce die change time for stamping operations. Examples of Wardcraft’s QDC products include: die lifts, die carts, die racks, clamps, die rails, and bolster extensions. Wardcraft is a vertically integrated business which designs, manufactures, assembles, and installs the products they manufacture. For additional information, please visit www.wardcraftconveyor.com.

About Orbitform

Orbitform delivers the right solution in fastening, forming and assembly equipment to assembly manufacturers. From concept to installation, our team of engineers, machine builders and service technicians support your needs when it comes to custom, complex assembly systems or standard, modular products. Since 1984, Orbitform has delivered over 9,000 assembly machines and custom assembly systems to customers around the world. All of this is accomplished under one roof and made in the USA. Orbitform is committed to conquering your assembly manufacturing challenges. When you choose Orbitform, you get solutions delivered. For additional information, please visit www.orbitform.com.

For further information, please contact:

Matt Snyder, President Wardcraft Conveyor and Quick Die Change Products msnyder(at)wardcraft.net www.wardcraftconveyor.com

David Shirkey, Vice President Orbitform dshirkey(at)orbitform.com www.orbitform.com