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Barry-Wehmiller acquires Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH and POEM GmbH (W+D) from Körber AG


W+D becomes second business in Barry-Wehmiller’s paper converting platform

ST. LOUIS — December 30, 2015 — Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, announced today its fourth acquisition of 2015: the operations of Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH, including POEM (W+D). Headquartered in Neuwied and Löhne, Germany and with additional locations in the US and Malaysia, W+D is a recognized leader in highly efficient integrated system solutions for the mail and postal industry as well as for the tissue and hygiene industry.

The W+D acquisition is Barry-Wehmiller’s 78th since 1987, when it began an organic and acquisition strategy that has propelled the company from a $20 million U.S.-based supplier to a $2+ billion global supplier of diversified industrial solutions.  W+D will operate as an independent business unit within Barry-Wehmiller’s Converting Solutions platform alongside Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC).

“We are thrilled to partner with W+D’s talented leadership team and its team members worldwide who have performed well under the leadership of Frank Eichhorn, W+D Managing Director,” said Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President. “As we bring W+D into the Barry-Wehmiller family, we look forward to even greater successes as we leverage the resources of both companies to optimize opportunities for W+D’s associates and customers alike.”

“Thanks to Körber’s leadership, W+D brings a strong foundation and technological and operational expertise to the Barry-Wehmiller family and we look forward to working alongside their team to expand our presence in the mailing solutions market,” said Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller. “We welcome W+D’s 350+ team members whom we know will greatly benefit from Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric culture, financial strength and unwavering commitment to purpose-driven growth.”

“We are very excited about joining the Barry Wehmiller Group, following our successful path of outstanding customer service orientation combined with the ideas and experience of the Barry Wehmiller Group”, said Frank Eichhorn, Managing Director of W+D.

Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2+ billion organization with 1,100-plus team members united by a common belief:  to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to barry-wehmiller.com.