Softsolution GmbH and LiteSentry LLC Now Under Same Ownership

Softsolution GmbH based in Austria and LiteSentry LLC of Northfield, Minn., are now operating under common ownership. Benford Capital Partners (BCP) in Chicago, announced that in partnership with LiteSentry, it completed a recapitalization of Softsolution. This represents the first add-on acquisition for LiteSentry, and BCP’s eighth investment in industrial technology.

The companies will now work together to serve the global flat glass market with automated inspection and process control needs. Both companies will continue to operate in their existing locations with existing teams and continuing leadership.

“We are excited to work alongside the LiteSentry team to position ourselves to find even more future-oriented, innovative solutions that inspire our customers and partners anew every day,” says Thomas Schuller, founder and managing director of Softsolution.

According to the announcement, as a result of this partnership, both LiteSentry and Softsolution enhance their ability to respond to customer needs with more localized resources, improve end users’ access to the best available technology for their evolving glass production needs, and accelerate new product development from the industry’s most innovative teams.

“This collaboration brings the leading inspection and process control solutions together to serve every aspect of the flat glass fabrication process,” says Gary DiDio, president of LiteSentry.

Sales contacts remain the same for the respective product lines, though any contact is empowered to serve the customer with any inquiry. Each location will continue to manufacture the same products. There will not be any company or product name changes.

“We’ll be able to serve the two biggest markets in the world being in the U.S. and Europe better than we’ve ever been able to do because we’ll have resources in both those places,” adds DiDio.

Roto North America Continues to Invest in Infrastructure

Roto North America is continuing its multi-year, multi-million dollar investments into the infrastructure of Roto Frank of America Inc., located in Connecticut, and Roto Fasco Canada Inc., in Mississauga, Ontario.

One recent investment is related to the expansion of the warehouse capacity in Connecticut, where an additional 18,000 square foot facility has been acquired and added to the current configuration. The new space boasts 16 foot high racks, allowing for product storage optimization.

“Besides investments in advanced manufacturing and human capital, expansion in warehouse capacities is one of the strategic pillars we are pursuing in order to manage our continuous growth and meet customer demands,” said Chris Dimou, Roto’s Americas president and CEO.

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