GR material handling firm bought out

FT. WASHINGTON, Ky.—Material Handling Systems Inc., a provider of material handling automation and software, announced that it has acquired eMotion Controls Co., a controls system integration and software company based in Grand Rapids.

EMotion provides material handling systems integration, hardware design, software and robotics products and services for applications such as parcel sorting, fulfillment, and distribution. EMotion and MHS have partnered on projects over the past 15 years.

There was no immediate word about the future of eMotion’s Grand Rapids office.

“It’s no secret that e-commerce is booming and hasn’t even begun to approach its peak,” said Scott McReynolds, MHS CEO. “Increasingly, logistics providers and retailers with major shipping operations are looking for end-to-end solutions that not only set them up for success but support their business on an ongoing basis—which is exactly what Lifecycle Performance Services does. eMotion Controls is an outstanding addition to our LPS division, made up of a wonderful bunch of people who we look forward to working well with into the future.”

Added eMotion president and founder Cory Deeds: “MHS has been an invaluable partner to eMotion for the past 15 years, and it gives us a great deal of comfort to work with a leadership team that shares our integrity and core values. Our newly-expanded relationship gives us a platform to extend our proven solutions to a larger customer base while continuing to deliver the reliable service we’ve long been known for. We’re thrilled to be joining the MHS team.”

Financial terms for the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1999, MHS has a global installed base of more than $5 billion for distribution and fulfillment projects in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, parcel, third party logistics, and outside integrators.

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