Founded in 1885 to serve St. Louis’ growing brewing industry with conveyance and bottle-pasteurization machinery, Barry- Wehmiller now primarily supplies engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. Since embarking on its acquisition strategy in 1987, when it had scarce financial resources and limited experiences, Barry-Wehmiller has achieved 18 percent compounded revenue growth, while cultivating a caring, people- centric culture, dubbed Truly Human Leadership by the organization.

“Today, the historic business is only $10 million of our $3 billion business. Each acquisition’s challenges brought out innovative approaches that helped us develop a unique playbook of value-creating strategies. Surpassing the 100 mark is a meaningful achievement, because it shows that our strategy has been successful in dramatically reshaping our future, and creating a company with a balance of financial performance, technology, and product and market diversity that is distinctive in our industry.” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO, Through its 100-plus acquisitions, Barry-Wehmiller has only divested one small company. Chapman prefers to call them “adoptions” rather than acquisitions, and shared, “We are able to see value where others do not. With every adoption, our goal is to inspire the team to envision a better future for their people and a path to build that future.”

Barry-Wehmiller has grown to nearly 12,000 team members at 100-plus locations in 28 countries.

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