Koops Automation Systems acquires Wright-K Technology

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Wright-K Technology said integration with Koops will achieve its goals of continuing service to employees, customers and tthe community. Courtesy Koops Automation Systems

A maker of automation systems acquired an industrial machinery manufacturer.

Holland-based Koops Automation Systems said Thursday, March 31, it acquired Saginaw-based Wright-K Technology, a designer, builder and rebuilder of custom industrial machinery.

Koops said the purchase will expand its manufacturing capacity.

“Wright-K has a long history of welding excellence, and welding is a technology area that meshes with Koops’ focus on automation systems, creating a true win for our combined customer base,” said Paul Brinks, president and CEO of Koops. “The integration of Wright-K and Koops will position us to provide our customers a broader portfolio of rock-solid solutions from a trusted partner.”

Founded in Holland in 1989 and celebrating 10 years as an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company, Koops offers service and support for each of its automation systems and tailors them to client specifications across a broad array of industries.

In addition to its Holland facilities and now the former Wright-K Technology operations in Saginaw, Koops has locations in Greenville, South Carolina, and Irapuato, Mexico.

Wright-K Technology, with roots dating back to 1910, specializes in welding, assembly, test and heat-treating systems and has an extensive background in controls systems and architecture. It is a global supplier to the automotive, aerospace, appliance, logistics, recreational, and commercial and household products industries.

The co-owners of Wright-K Technology, Connie Kostrzewa and John Sivey, said integration with Koops will achieve their goals of continuing service to employees, customers and their community.

“John and I wanted to leave our legacy to people that would continue these values, and what better way than to leave the company to our employees through the ESOP that will be provided with Koops?” said Kostrzewa, Wright-K Technology chair.

Sivey, the company’s president and CEO, said the sale to Koops “provides a stable future for our employees by partnering with a solid, forward-thinking, well-established organization.”

Wright-K was assisted in the transaction by the NuVescor Group, a West Michigan-based mergers and acquisitions company.

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