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Brenton celebrates 25th anniversary

Brenton, a leading manufacturer of end of line packaging equipment, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the packaging industry this year.

To mark the anniversary, Brenton will host a reception Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at its manufacturing Center of Excellence in Alexandria. Barry Heiser, president of Pro Mach's End of Line business, and Ryan Kirksey, Brenton general manager, will host the event.

Founded by Brenton Smith in Alexandria in 1987, Brenton started as a regional custom manufacturer with the intent to focus on cable car lift systems. It introduced its first case packer in 1988 after being commissioned to build several custom packing machines.

Today, Brenton's product line includes a wide range of case packers, shrink wrappers, palletizers, material handling, and robotic solutions.

"One of the things that makes Brenton unique is its ability to successfully design, build, and test complete end of line systems in their Minnesota facility," said Heiser.

Brenton also builds Currie brand palletizers, Orion brand stretch wrappers and complete, turnkey end of line solutions in its Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence in Minnesota.

In 1998, Brenton was acquired by Pro Mach, which expanded Brenton's systems integration and manufacturing capabilities in 2007, more than doubling the size of its facilities.

Brenton's Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence encompasses more than 200,000 square feet. It includes state-of-the-art engineering, manufacturing, and factory acceptance testing capabilities. Recent added capabilities include powder coat finishing and laser cutting.