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Arrowhead Systems Pledges Support to African Wildlife Foundation

Sales of Busse depalletizers to benefit Campaign to Save Africa’s Elephants

OSHKOSH, Wis. (October 18, 2016) – Arrowhead Systems, Inc., an industry leader in conveyor, packaging machinery, and line productivity solutions, is pleased to support to the African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) Campaign to Save Africa’s Elephants.

Arrowhead Systems has joined AWF’s efforts to combat Africa’s poaching epidemic by donating $500 for each Busse depalletizer sold in 2017. This year-long contribution is in addition to an initial $5,000 donation previously made by Arrowhead Systems.

“At Arrowhead Systems we honor our corporate responsibility to care for the environment and endangered species by supporting programs like AWF’s Campaign to Save Africa’s Elephants,” said Arrowhead Systems CEO Tom Young. “We are committed to the conservation of these magnificent animals and hope that our efforts will not only aid AWF, but encourage others to join this worthy cause.”

Elephants are an iconic member of Africa’s wildlife and crucial to the health of the continent’s forests and savannas. Unfortunately, poaching of elephants for their ivory continues to pose an incredible threat to their survival. Research shows that at current poaching rates, elephant populations may not survive 10 years in the wild.

“It was a wonderful surprise to learn that a corporate entity like Arrowhead Systems wanted to partner with our organization to create awareness about the horrific poaching crisis that is killing an average of 30,000 African elephants a year,” said Craig R. Sholley, Senior Vice President, AWF. “Arrowhead Systems recognizes what the loss of such an iconic mammal means and wants to do its part to ensure that there’s a brighter future for elephants.”

To learn more about Arrowhead Systems, Inc. and their work with AWF, visit booth N-5510 at the PACK EXPO International trade show November 6-9 in Chicago.

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Arrowhead Conveyor adds production capacity with a second facility

OSHKOSH, Wis. (January 19, 2016) – Arrowhead Conveyor Corp. announced on Tuesday that due to growing production volumes, they are leasing a second location. The company will occupy 25,000 square feet of production space at the manufacturing facility located at 3972 Fond du Lac Road, Oshkosh. The building is just two miles southeast of Arrowhead Conveyor’s existing location at 3255 Medalist Drive. The company anticipates that the leased space will be fully equipped and operational by mid-February.

Arrowhead Conveyor will primarily use the additional square footage for assembling their conveyor and equipment. According to Tim Krueger, the company’s Vice President/General Manager, “We have outgrown our Medalist Road facility. This fact has become especially apparent with the boom in overseas can manufacturing.” Krueger stated, “In the past few years, food and beverage can manufacturers across the globe have been constructing vast production lines requiring large shipments of our conveyance equipment. We need additional space to fulfill these orders.”

In addition, Krueger commented that the newly-leased space will open the possibility of assembling robotic systems which are sold by Arrowhead Conveyor’s sister company, Trillium Automation based in Kimball Township, Mich.

In some respects, Arrowhead Conveyor is returning to its roots by expanding operations to the Fond du Lac Road facility. In 1965, the company’s founder, James Steiner, moved Arrowhead Conveyor from the garage of his home to the garage of a former City Service gas station located on the Fond du Lac Road site. The company operated at that location and added to the building several times before constructing their manufacturing plant at 3255 Medalist Road in 1974.

With Arrowhead Conveyor’s expanded production capacity comes an increased demand for employees. According to Krueger, “We currently have between 10-20 openings for production workers, and the need for additional employees will increase as we begin operating our newly-leased space.” A list of current job postings can be found on the “careers” section of the company’s website: ArrowheadSystems.com.

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PMMI elects Arrowhead Systems President and COO Pat Vincent to Board of Directors

OSHKOSH, Wis. (November 11, 2015) – PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, elected four members to the Board of Directors at the opening session of its Nov. 9, 2015 annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pat Vincent, Arrowhead Systems President and COO, was one of the four new inductees. His three-year term will run from Jan. 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.

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Arrowhead Systems, Inc. appoints Ed Fuchs as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

OSHKOSH, Wis. (September 14, 2015) – Pat Vincent, President and Chief Operating Officer of Arrowhead Systems announced the appointment of Ed Fuchs as the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Fuchs will oversee the strategic direction of Arrowhead Systems’ sales and marketing teams. His focus will be on broadening the exposure of the company’s brands which include Arrowhead Conveyor, NeXtconveyor, Busse/SJI, Priority One, A&B Engineering Services, and Trillium Automation. Fuchs will also lead the sales team in expanding the company’s domestic and international market share in conveyors, material handling equipment, and service.

Fuchs has spent his entire career in sales, marketing, and business development. He joined Arrowhead Systems after holding top-level management positions at System Logistics, Malisko Engineering, Pasco, and Ambitech. He also gained extensive material handling industry knowledge as the Director of Sales for Fleetwood/Goldco/Wyard. In addition to his sales and business development experience, Fuchs holds an engineering management degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

“Ed’s track record in business development and his extensive knowledge of the material handling industry will be valuable assets as we continue to grow our organization and product offerings.” said Pat Vincent. “He is joining the company at an exciting time as we are preparing to unveil our new line of robotic equipment at the Pack Expo trade show in Las Vegas, September 28-30. Ed and his teams will be key players in the successful roll-out these products to existing customers and new markets.”

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Arrowhead Systems, Inc. appoints Shawn Grant as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Accounts

OSHKOSH, Wis. (September 14, 2015) – Pat Vincent, President and Chief Operating Officer of Arrowhead Systems announced the appointment of Shawn Grant as the company’s Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Accounts.

In Grant’s newly developed role, he will concentrate on enhancing relationships with top players in the company’s present markets and identify new industry opportunities. Currently Arrowhead Systems’ conveyors and material handling equipment can be found in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, household products, container manufacturing plants throughout the world; but there is growth potential in many markets.

Grant has been part of the Arrowhead Systems organization since 1995. He started his tenure as the Service Manager for the Busse/SJI product line and later became the Sales Manager of Strategic Accounts for Arrowhead Systems. His most recent responsibility was Vice President of Sales and Marketing in which he successfully increased the strengths and capabilities of his departments. Prior to joining the Arrowhead Systems organization, Grant developed his technical background through sales management positions at both the Dallas Corporation and Englewood Electric. He holds a business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

“Shawn has been an extremely valuable asset for our sales force, management team, and overall organization,” said Pat Vincent. “For the past 20 years, he has consistently exceeded our expectations with every task he has been given. We are confident that with Shawn will succeed in deepening our company’s relationships with key industry players and expanding our market coverage.”

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New White Paper Helps Companies Choose Sanitary Conveyor with the Biggest Bang for the Buck

OSHKOSH, Wis. (February 11, 2015) – Proper equipment sanitation and its related costs dominate the daily production routine in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. No company wants to gamble with consumer health, government regulations, or lost profits due to production delays, recalls, or plant shutdowns.

While the market is filled with suitable washdown and sanitary conveyors that transport products in a safe, clean manner, selecting the best conveyor for the application is critical. The wrong choice could be costly, especially in facilities that require hundreds or thousands of feet of conveyor.

Arrowhead Systems’ white paper, “Create a Winning Situation with the Right Sanitary Conveyor,” profiles the design features of sanitary conveyor and provides insight into how these features affect the following:

  • Benefit the environment and the company’s bottom line;
  • Reduce labor and improve food safety;
  • Safeguard against workplace hazards.

The information presented in the white paper helps companies determine which conveyor options quickly pay for themselves through reduced operating costs.

“Our customers often ask us for sanitary conveyor for their filling line projects. Sadly the word ‘sanitary’ means many different things to different customers,” says Shawn Grant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Arrowhead Systems. “Our white paper helps organizations better understand the varying levels of clean design ranging from simple washdown through approved sanitary construction.”

Download a copy of the complimentary white paper, “Create a Winning Situation with the Right Sanitary Conveyor" at http://bit.ly/1zMtNyX

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Employees Meet TJ the Buffalo at the Arrowhead Systems Open House in Randolph

RANDOLPH, Wis. (February 24, 2015) – Arrowhead Systems, the parent company of Busse/SJI and A&B Engineering Services, hosted an Open House for employees and their families on February 21, 2015. The event’s purpose was to open the doors to the employees’ families so they could get a first-hand look at the conveyor equipment that is manufactured, supported, and serviced at 124 North Columbus Street in Randolph.

The event drew a crowd of approximately 350 attendees. One of the main attractions was TJ, the 9-foot tall mounted buffalo. The mascot made his initial debut in November 2014 at the Pack Expo tradeshow in Chicago, but only a few employees had actually seen the large beast. The Arrowhead Systems management team wanted to give guests a close-up look of TJ at the Open House, along with the opportunity to have their photo taken with him.

In addition to meeting TJ, employees and their guests were entertained with plant tours, a scavenger hunt, prize drawings, and a luncheon. There were also several activities geared for kids. Young children lined up for face painting, balloon animals, and a close-up look at the Randolph fire truck. The kids also used their artistic talents to color engineering prints of Busse/SJI’s machinery.

“Our employees were proud to display this first-class operation to their children, parents, and grandparents. In fact, we received many compliments on how clean and well-maintained our facility is,” responded Scott Chehak, Busse/SJI’s Vice President/General Manager when asked about his reaction to the event. Chehak continued, “Prior to the Open House many of our visitors did not fully comprehend what a palletizer or depalletizer looks like or what it does, so they were impressed when they saw the large scale of the machines that we manufacture here. It was also a learning experience for adults and children alike when they realized that our equipment touches many of the products that we use every day such as aluminum cans for carbonated soft drinks, glass jars for jams and pickles, plastic containers for detergent and fabric softener, and cases of just about anything you can think of.”

Arrowhead Systems hosted a similar event for the employees at their Oshkosh facility the previous weekend. The Oshkosh location is the home of Arrowhead Conveyor.

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Employees Meet TJ the Buffalo at the Arrowhead Conveyor Open House in Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. (February 18, 2015) – Arrowhead Conveyor hosted an Open House for employees and their families on February 14, 2015. The event’s purpose was to open the doors to the employees’ families so they could get a first-hand look at the conveyor equipment that is manufactured, supported, and serviced at 3255 Medalist Drive in Oshkosh.

The event drew a crowd of approximately 200 attendees. One of the main attractions was TJ, the 9-foot tall mounted buffalo. The mascot made his initial debut in November 2014 at the Pack Expo tradeshow in Chicago, but only a few employees had actually seen the large beast. The Arrowhead Conveyor management team wanted to give guests a close-up look of TJ at the Open House, along with the opportunity to have their photo taken with him.

In addition to meeting TJ, employees and their guests were entertained with plant tours, a scavenger hunt, prize drawings, and a luncheon. There were also several activities geared for kids. Young children lined up for face painting and balloon animals, while older kids enjoyed a hands-on learning experience in which they used simple tools and a layout drawing to assemble sections of conveyor. The activity gave future generations a firsthand glimpse into the assembly process.

Tim Krueger, Arrowhead Conveyor’s Vice President/General Manager, was extremely pleased with the turnout and the reactions of the employees’ family members. Tim said, “Our employees took this opportunity to showcase what they do each day. We were able to show how our laser works, how to assemble conveyor, and how to work with 3D drawings. Many people don’t really think about how products get from raw material to the store shelves and how many of those products run across an Arrowhead Conveyor. From cans to boxes, our products are instrumental in the food and beverage industry.”

Arrowhead Systems is hosting a similar event for the employees at their Randolph facility this weekend. The Randolph location is the home of Busse/SJI and A&B Engineering Services.

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The PriorityPal Low Level Case Palletizer makes its debut at Pack Expo 2014

The main attraction in this year’s Arrowhead Systems booth was the new PriorityPal Low Level Case Palletizer. Watch the machine in action as it palletizes cases of water while Shawn Grant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, provides a brief overview of the equipment’s capabilities.

Arrowhead Systems Introduces the New Priority One PriortyPal™ Low Level Case Palletizer

RANDOLPH, WI. (October 8, 2014) – Arrowhead Systems will unveil the latest addition to their line-up of Priority One Case Palletizers at the Pack Expo International Show in Chicago on November 2-5, 2014. The PriorityPal Low Level Case Palletizer is designed to palletize a variety of packages including cases, trays, bundles, film only and display packs. The PriorityPal LL series can be added to a single production line as a stand-alone machine, or it can be combined with a multi-level infeed and a rotary turntable or a shuttle car system to palletize multiple production lines simultaneously.

“The Low Level Case Palletizer’s rebirth focuses on leveraging today’s advanced technology to prepare for tomorrow’s package handling challenges,” says Shawn Grant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Arrowhead Systems. “In an environment that focuses on sustainability and green secondary packaging, the Low Level Series excels.”

The new PriorityPal LL series has the same quality, fit, finish and functionality as the PriorityPal High Level series machine that Arrowhead Systems introduced in 2013. The difference is that the PriorityPal LL series machine sits at floor level, thereby simplifying operations and increasing employee efficiency. In addition, the machine lifts only one layer of packages at a time, which reduces wear-and-tear on the equipment.

In regards to technological advancements, the PriorityPal LL Series machine features servo drives, category 3 safety design, and remote diagnostics. Operators will find an intuitive HMI system that enables them to easily switch patterns to accommodate various package sizes and types. Arrowhead Systems also built the system’s load squaring capabilities to accommodate customers’ current and future packaging needs.

Arrowhead Systems is excited to add the new PriorityPal LL Series to their line of quality case handling equipment. The new machine carries an extensive 3-year warranty, plus customers can take advantage of the installation and start-up services, preventive maintenance packages, training, and technical support provided by A&B Engineering Services, the aftermarket services company of Arrowhead Systems.

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PriorityPal HL Series Case Palletizer

The PriorityPal™ HL Series Case Palletizer was featured in the October online issue of Packaging Worlds Automation Strategies. This video was shot at Pack Expo Las Vegas in September and showcases the PriorityPal’s capabilities.

Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation Announces Systems Integration Manager

Oshkosh, WI – Pat Vincent, President and COO of Arrowhead Systems, Inc., www.arrowheadsystems.com announced the appointment of James Wussow as the company’s Systems Integration Manager.

Arrowhead Conveyor is excited to announce that Jim Wussow is our new Systems Integration Manager. Arrowhead Conveyor, just celebrating its 50th anniversary, is known throughout the industry for delivering best value to its customers which is achieved by combining various material handling solutions with an integrated Controls solution and second to none after sales support. Jim has been with Arrowhead for 34 of the 50 years in business and most recently held the position of Electrical Engineering Manager.

With Jim’s vast experience in material handling, we can offer solutions that exceed customers’ expectations from the very beginning stages of Sales and Applications. Jim will also guide the production and implementation efforts throughout the production and commissioning stages to ensure customers’ expectations not only materialize but also exceed.

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