Matthews International Launches Supply Chain Automation Solutions Group

New division includes Matthews Marking, Holjeron, IPTI and Lightning Pick

Pittsburgh—Jan. 30, 2012—Memorials and graphics manufacturer Matthews International Corp. announced the launch of Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions. The new division will be comprised of business units Matthews Marking Products and Holjeron; and recently acquired companies Innovative Picking Technologies Inc. (IPTI) and Lightning Pick Technologies.

By bringing the four companies together, Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions will provide manufacturing and logistics professionals a range of integrated technologies that increase efficiency through the complete supply chain evolution, from manufacturing to order fulfillment. Products and services include marking/coding, conveyor controls and ordering picking/sorting.

“The establishment of this new division formalizes Matthews International’s initiative of acquiring leading-edge companies in material handling automation,” said Paul Jensen, President of Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions. “Our goal is to bring together unique, entrepreneurial and complimentary brands and then use the Matthews’ infrastructure to grow their business and provide integrated solutions for manufacturing and logistics professionals.”

Lightning Pick Technologies, based in Germantown, Wis., produces light-directed and advanced order picking fulfillment systems. Tualatin, Ore.-based Holjeron creates and manufactures conveyor controls. IPTI, located in Ixonia, Wis., produces paperless order fulfillment systems. Pittsburgh-based Matthews Marking Products specializes in custom and standard industrial marking and coding solutions. 

“Our most recent acquisition, Lightning Pick Technologies, was a key element in this plan,” continued Jensen. “They provide us expertise at the facility database level that will allow us to integrate the cell level devices. We were particularly attracted to their commitment to a continuous software migration path for their customers, which allows customers to regularly upgrade to new versions, thereby protecting and extending their investment. Lightning Pick Technologies also has a significant base of customers in the large retail and direct-to-consumer business who are ideal candidates for several of Matthews’ technologies for case coding, pallet marking and material handling.”

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