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GRYB enters US market with acquisition of Winkle Industries


January 9, 2020
By GRYB

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Quebec’s heavy machinery attachment manufacturer GRYB has acquired 100 per cent of Winkle Industries and its subsidiaries PROEN Engineering Solutions and Lift Tech Field Services. Based in Alliance, Ohio, Winkle is an industry leading diversified supplier of engineered mechanical and magnetic material handling solutions and contract manufacturing services.

In addition to gaining a U.S. presence, the move helps establish GRYB as an industry frontrunner with an unmatched materials handling product offering.

“Having a U.S. presence is integral to our strategic growth plan. After much careful research we chose Winkle because they are the best at what they do,” said Rémi Beaudoin, GRYB CEO. “They are known for their leadership in the industry, their deep expertise, their reputation for safety and quality, and well-established distribution network. Because we share a passion for excellence, innovation and growth, we are more formidable together.”

This is GRYB’s second acquisition in less than a year. Earlier in 2019 they acquired Ontario-based Bateman Manufacturing, which specializes in the creation and manufacture of grapples and handling attachments for many sectors. Bringing together these three leaders of attachments for heavy machinery brings many synergies to the mobile cranes industry as well as excavators, construction, demolition, scrap processing, ports, mining and more.

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“We are pleased to join the GRYB family and excited to bring our customers additional solutions and capabilities,” said Mark Volansky, Winkle’s director of sales. “Many of our customers, both upstream and downstream facilities that support the steel industry, also require GRYB’s products; now we can offer them top quality OEM products at a competitive price.”

In addition to synergistic products, Winkle brings GRYB a significant U.S. market share and strategic location. With combined expertise and unrivalled product offering, the group anticipates greatly increased sales fairly quickly. The acquisition brings GRYB an additional 80,000 square feet of production space as well as a 50,000 square feet warehouse in the U.S., giving them the capacity to handle anticipated growth.

Going forward, PROEN will use their engineering expertise to develop new products for GRYB companies while maintaining an external service. LiftTech will provide highly responsive field service resources to deliver on-site support for increasing up time and optimizing product performance for GRYB, Bateman and Winkle supplied products. Additionally, this acquisition follows on the heels of a $6.25 million investment to increase production capacity at GRYB’s plant in Victoriaville.

“We didn’t just buy a brand, we bought expertise. We’re looking forward to our public debut at the Associated Equipment Distributors trade show in Chicago next week, a key market for us,” Beaudoin added.