Following its acquisition of Allied Construction Products, Sandvik plans to expand its Rammer product line beyond breakers and compactors in North America.
Allied Construction Products will also be renamed Sandvik.
“We intend to be a full provider of excellent attachment tools,” said Jonas Lindqvist, who was named managing director of the company shortly after its acquisition.
“We are going to continue to do right what Allied has done right for many years. That includes striving towards providing impeccable service to our dealers and customers and continuing to examine current and better ways to produce, deliver and support our quality products.”
Sandvik completed its acquisition of Allied, the North American distributor for Sandvik’s Rammer hydraulic breakers, on Oct.1, 2020. Before the acquisition, Sandvik owned about 21 per cent of the company.
“Allied has always appreciated side-by-side testing of Rammer breakers with new models from other manufacturers, which helps us measure our productivity and reliability,” Jonas said. “And we are typically pleased when we continue to be favoured as a result of those tests.”
He added Sandvik’s decision to acquire Allied was influenced by the experience and service mindset of its employees, evolving over a corporate history that dates back to 1942.
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Also influencing the decision was Allied’s operational footprint and its collection of distributors, some dating back to the 1990s.
“Our distributors and rental companies look forward to the future because they know Sandvik is taking all the positive things we do, and they are supporting us and enabling us to grow,” said Scott Scholz, a district manager in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.
At some point, the company will relocate from its downtown Cleveland, Ohio location, to a facility in the same region that will provide more space for warehousing, service and manufacturing.
“We’re not planning any changes internally, but as we grow, we will be adding employees to maintain efficiencies in our operations and manufacturing,” Jonas said.
Jonas said he is well-prepared for the challenges. A native of Sweden with a degree in industrial engineering and management, he has global industrial experience in China, Denmark, Singapore, Germany and elsewhere.
Since joining Sandvik in 2013, he has had various responsibilities in business development and operations.
“The Cleveland-based operation will support all of North America, including both Allied and Sandvik customers,” Jonas said. “We are 100 per cent committed to the North American market and believe that investing in a strong local presence within all aspects of the business is key to success.”
Allied will undergo a rebranding throughout this year, changing the company name to Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions North America, and market all products under the Rammer brand name.
“The people will be the same, the products will be the same and the commitment to provide outstanding service will remain the same,” Jonas said.
“It’s in the Sandvik DNA to be in the forefront of technology development, deliver top quality products and support, and constantly improve on them. We are going to invest Sandvik technological expertise and other resources to grow this company and become the leading attachment tools supplier in North America.”