New partnership promotes tray sealers and quality control systems

October 19, 2007 — KANSAS CITY, MO — Heat and Control, Inc., Ishida Scales Mfg., Co. and Multivac, Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership to effectively market Ishida tray sealers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Along with having market responsibility for Ishida’s tray sealing equipment, Multivac will also be able to provide Ishida quality control equipment and CEIA metal detectors to food processors and packagers as part of a total equipment solution from a single source. As a key OEM partner of Heat and Control and with close cooperation of Heat and Control’s technical resources, the integration and marketing effort will be directed by Mark Wilhelm, product manager at Multivac, Inc.

This new partnership will be highlighted at the upcoming AMI Show in Chicago, where the companies will feature a representative variety of equipment from the Ishida and CEIA product portfolios.

Anthony Caridis, president of Heat and Control, and Jan Erik Kuhlmann, president/CEO of Multivac, Inc. jointly praise the new alliance: “With our two companies partnering to provide our mutual customers with the very best selection in state-of-the-art packaging solutions, we hope to generate unparalleled value for all involved by highlighting the tremendous synergistic fit between our companies and product offerings.”

Ishida is a world leader in providing systems for high-speed packaging lines, including multihead weighers, VFFS snack food bagmakers, tray sealers, and quality control equipment such as checkweighers, X-ray inspection units, and weigh-price labelers.

As a leading manufacturer of food processing, packaging, and product handling machinery for over 57 years, Heat and Control has been the exclusive sales and service representative for Ishida in North and South America since 1970, and provides similar representation for CEIA metal detectors.

Multivac, Inc. is the dominant market force in horizontal form-fill-seal packaging equipment as well as other packaging technologies including traysealers and chamber vacuum packaging machines.

About Multivac
Multivac is the leading manufacturer of thermoform fill-seal rollstock packaging solutions, chamber vacuum pouch sealers, traysealers, shrink tanks, and both cross-web and inline labelers for food, medical and consumer product applications. Through its North American subsidiaries in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the company provides strategic consultation, technical design, sales, distribution, and service of Multivac’s complete line of packaging systems. Multivac maintains comprehensive, on-site parts inventories, and offers technical assistance and certified training for its entire line of equipment. To date, the company has designed and implemented over 100,000 packaging solutions.

About Heat and Control
From its seven manufacturing plants and over 20 offices worldwide, Heat and Control, Inc. provides the widest range of food processing and packaging machinery of any manufacturer. Starting with raw product handling and preparation, through coating machinery, cooking equipment, seasoning, inspection, product handling and packaging systems, Heat and Control provides the latest technology and comprehensive technical support on a local level.

About Ishida
Founded in 1863, Ishida is a leading manufacturer of scales, quality control, inspection, and packaging machinery for industrial and retail applications. The inventor of computer-controlled multihead weighing, Ishida revolutionized the speed, accuracy and product savings for weigh-filling, and continues to develop innovative technology for checkweighing, x-ray inspection, case packing, tray sealing, cartoning, and other packaging operations.


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