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NCC Automated Systems Accelerates Growth Potential Through Acquisition by ATS Automation

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Wednesday, September 1, 2021

NCC Automated Systems (“NCC” or the “Company”), an established provider of turnkey automation solutions and manufacturer of high precision pallet handling and sanitary conveyance products, announced today that it has been acquired by ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TSX:ATA) (“ATS”), an industry-leading automation solutions provider to many of the world’s most successful companies.


ATS LogoThe addition of NCC expands ATS’ portfolio of precision conveyance technologies, enhances ATS’ position in regulated markets and enables NCC to grow its offerings and increase its reach into target markets and new geographies. Since its inception in 1986 as a custom sanitary conveyor design and manufacturing Company, NCC, an employee-owned business, has steadily refined its capabilities and launched innovative products to serve its blue-chip customer base. Being part of ATS, a large and global automation solutions provider, enables NCC to leverage a complementary technology offering and expand its customer value proposition.


“It was evident from our early conversations with ATS’ management team that our two companies share strong alignment in our vision, purpose and business plans,” said Kevin Mauger, President of NCC. “By being part of the ATS family, we are better able to achieve our ambitions and drive strong growth across our business units.”


NCC generated $31 million in sales in 2020, and today operates under the brands NCC Automated Systems, Glide-Line, SideDrive Conveyor Co., and Nutra-Pack Systems serving customers in the food and packaging, ophthalmic, assembly automation and nutraceutical industries. NCC employs 92 talented employees at its Souderton, Pennsylvania facility along with several satellite offices throughout the United States.


“The addition of NCC further signals our intention to expand our differentiated product offerings and strengthen our position in the food and beverage end-market,” said Andrew Hider, CEO of ATS. “With its strong leadership, outstanding employees, and robust product and technology portfolio, NCC will allow us to play a bigger role in supporting the needs of a broad customer base."


Under the ownership of ATS, NCC’s brands and workforce will be retained. The Company will continue to be led by Kevin Mauger, and operate out of its Souderton, Pennsylvania headquarters.


“I’m incredibly proud of our team at NCC, and their ongoing dedication to building and strengthening our Company,” added Mauger. “This transaction sets NCC up for a strong and stable future; allowing us to better serve our customers and expand our reach to new markets and geographies.”

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Written by Kevin Mauger

Kevin Mauger started working for the parent company of Glide-Line the day after college and bought the company 12 years into his career when it was at an all-time low. The company has multiplied in volume 5X since and is growing at 20%+ year over year. Personally, his entire life is based upon spending time with his family, figuring out a way to get out deep sea fishing, and supporting his Philadelphia Eagles. His vision for Glide-Line is to make it the world’s most flexible multi-strand conveyor solution with tools for customers allowing instantaneous response and control of their own destiny along with the fastest deliveries in the industry.

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Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

We solve problems that other conveyor systems manufacturers won’t. We developed Glide-Line from the ground up with a few key, driving factors in mind. First, our conveyors had to be robust and reliable. Second, they would be simple – easy to maintain and service. Finally, we insisted on flexible configurability, creating an efficient, hassle-free customer experience. We’ve built the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

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