June 2014

Black Forest Wolf Partnership Announcement

Wolf Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH and Black Forest Packaging Solutions Announce the Establishment of Wolf Packaging Machines USA

June 2014 – Wolf Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH (Lich-Birklar, Germany) and Black Forest Packaging Solutions (Norcross, GA) are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement to establish Wolf’s sixth worldwide subsidiary – Wolf Packaging Machines USA.

While separate entities, both Black Forest Packaging Solutions and Wolf Packaging Machines USA share the same facility, and are run by the same ownership group and management team.

Erich Eberhardt, President of Black Forest, states “this was a logical step in the evolution of our relationship with Wolf.  The initial partnership was Wolf manufacturing our design of the LiquidMaster vertical form, fill, and seal machine, which is targeted to bagging products with a high liquid content such as soups, sauces, condiments, sauerkraut, and raw marinated meats.  Also, with one modification, the machine is ideally suited for IQF applications.  It is sold in North America under the Black Forest brand, and it has worked out extremely well.  Now, we want to expand our product line in order to penetrate other markets.”

“It makes perfect sense to bring on the Wolf product line for the dry market.  We have tremendous experience in the filling and bagging of dry products, and that is Wolf’s area of expertise.”

“In the past, we have sold our equipment in North America through a distributor, but our customer base includes industry giants and Fortune 500 companies, and we had to have a committed presence in North America to better serve their global needs” stated Gunter Wolf, owner and CEO of Wolf Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH.  “Working with Black Forest to establish Wolf Packaging Machines USA was an easy decision.  We had an existing partnership with the LiquidMaster, and they have a sales force, spare parts department, service department, and machine shop in place to support the Wolf equipment.  We are very excited about the future of the North American market.”

Wolf Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH has been in business for over 25 years, and has over 5,000 machines installed worldwide.  They manufacture auger fillers, cup fillers, intermittent and continuous motion vertical form, fill, seal machines, vertical cartoners, horizontal flow wrappers, and related packaging equipment.

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