Warren’s Eckhart Inc. Acquires Indiana’s Gasper Engineering

Eckhart Inc. in Warren has acquired Gasper Engineering, an industrial automation systems integrator and specialty machine builder in Indiana. // Photograph Courtesy of Gasper Engineering

Eckhart Inc., a Warren-based engineering company, today said it has acquired Gasper Engineering, a full-service industrial automation systems integrator and specialty machine builder in Indiana.

Eckhart designs, builds, and integrates turn-key systems for industrial companies around the world. Its solutions include autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robots, 3-D printing, automated conveyance and assembly systems, mechanical and electrical design services, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment.

“As global markets continue to experience volatility and change, establishing a local presence close to customers will remain a high priority for Eckhart,” says Andy Storm, president and CEO of Eckhart. “Gasper Engineering will help us accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 in a key region of the United States where long-term growth opportunities in non-cyclical industries are significant. We look forward to expanding our footprint in North Vernon (Ind.) and growing manufacturing employment in the State of Indiana.”

Gasper was established in 1999 and is a factory automation systems integrator that serves end markets throughout North America. The company designs, builds, and integrates highly automated assembly, conveyance, labeling, and sortation systems for industries that include aerospace, automotive, life science, packaging, and power generation and distribution. Gasper is an hour drive from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Louisville, Ky.

“I sold my company to Eckhart because they are committed to investing in our community,” says Stephen Gasper, founder of the company. “As an Industry 4.0 leader, their advanced technologies complement our core business and their turn-key suite of solutions bring real value to our customers.”