KANSAS CITY — Bretèche Industrie Group, a global company with eight plants located in France, Germany and the Czech Republic that focus on the baking, dairy, pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets, has acquired Shick Solutions, a Kansas City-based ingredient automation company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
For Bretèche, the acquisition brings the company a base of operations in North America for sales, technical support and aftermarket service. In addition to better serving existing customers, Bretèche said it now will be able to expand its supply of complete dough make-up solutions in the North American market.
“As a global company, we have long wanted to increase our presence in North America,” said Didier Soumet, chief executive officer of the Bretèche Group. “By acquiring Shick, not only will we have a strong base of operations in the United States to support our brands, but we will also have a partner that is closely tied to and aligned with the food industry there.”
Bretèche Group’s most well-known brands include mixing companies Diosna and VMI, as well as ingredient handling company Esteve. Shick and Esteve are expected to work together to enhance their ability to supply ingredient handling systems to a global customer base. The combined companies will operate manufacturing plants in North America and Europe and will implement both Rockwell and Siemens system control platforms, the companies said.
Shick Solutions’ operating shareholders Joe, Mark and Matt Ungashick, all sons of founder William Ungashick, said they had no official plans to sell the business, yet when approached by Bretèche, saw a great opportunity for the business by becoming part of the group. The acquisition provides mutual benefits in terms of technology, expertise, geography and culture for both companies.
“In Bretèche Group, we saw a way to secure the future for our employees and the legacy of our company far beyond the family ownership of the company,” said Joe Ungashick, chief executive officer.
Mark and Matt Ungashick said they appreciate the small-company customer service-oriented culture within the Bretèche Group.
“It was very important to us that the company be able to carry on its mission of delivering the ingredients for success to its customers, teammates and partners,” said Mark Ungashick, executive vice-president.
“I am excited about this opportunity as it enhances our pursuit of world-class practices in process solutions,” said Tim Cook, president of Shick Solutions. “Additionally, it will give us a platform from which we can continue to expand globally. Truly, this integration secures our future in the industry and allows us to better support the customers we serve.”Going forward, Shick said it will operate with its own leadership team under Bretèche. Joe and Mark Ungashick will take advisory board roles, while Matt Ungashick will continue his role as a key account manager. Mr. Cook will take on responsibilities as c.e.o. of Shick Solutions and become part of the Bretèche management team along with the leaders of the other Bretèche companies.