Food processing machinery supplier, Proseal UK, along with Proseal America and Proseal Australia is to become part of the JBT Corporation.

Established in 1998, Proseal now employs 350 staff in Adlington, Cheshire, with additional facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Melbourne, Australia, and supplies tray-sealing machines to markets worldwide.

Under the terms of the deal, the management team which is led by the founders – Steve Malone and Robert Hargreaves – will remain in place and the Proseal brand will also be retained.

Commenting on the deal, Steve Malone stated: “We are delighted to announce that Proseal is to become part of JBT, which will significantly enhance our global presence. This deal will ensure Proseal’s continued growth and success through access to JBT’s global sales and service network, enhancing our customer support overseas as well as growing our business into new markets.

“Our core business will be underpinned by providing the best quality tray sealing machines and related equipment. Using the JBT FoodTech division, we will be able to offer turn key solutions into the many protein, ready meal, produce and fruit markets.”

Tom Giacomini, JBT’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer said: “The acquisition of Proseal represents an important expansion of JBT’s capabilities, adding significantly to our end-of-line market position and advancing our strategy of providing full-line customer solutions. Moreover, we believe Proseal’s technology affords growth opportunities around the globe.”