August 22, 2023

Motion & Control Enterprises Acquires Ultimation Industries, LLC

Motion & Control Enterprises (“MCE”) announced today that it has acquired Ultimation Industries, LLC (“Ultimation” or the “Company”), its fourth acquisition in 2023.

Headquartered in Roseville, MI, Ultimation provides highly engineered automation and material handling solutions as well as quick-ship distribution of material handling equipment products offered through a robust e-commerce platform to customers across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. The Company services a broad range of end markets, including energy, automotive, logistics and vertical faming.

“We are excited to welcome Ultimation’s talented associates to the MCE family,” said Charles Hale, Chairman & CEO of MCE. “Ultimation adds to our engineered solutions capability, provides an enhanced offering for the growing material handling market and allows us to significantly expand our e-commerce capabilities.”

“The transition to MCE allows us to continue our strategy of providing customers with greater access to quality material handling solutions,” said Jacqueline Canny, CEO of Ultimation.

Ultimation was recognized in 2020 and 2022 as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing private companies in America. Ultimation was also named a 2022 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

Hale added, “We have now completed 11 acquisitions since December 2020 as we expand our range of highly engineered, full lifecycle fluid power, flow control, automation and compressed solutions to our OEM and end-user customers.”

About Frontenac
Frontenac is a Chicago-based private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the consumer, industrial, and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with established operating leaders, through an executive-centric approach called CEO1ST, which seeks to identify, acquire, and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and operational excellence. Over the last 50+ years, Frontenac has built a franchise working with over 300 owners of mid-sized businesses as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit www.frontenac.com.

About MCE
Founded in 1951, MCE is a supplier of technical fluid power, automation, flow control, compressed air and lubrication products, repair & services, and bespoke solutions. The Company serves more than 23,000 MRO and OEM customers from 39 facilities located in 13 states. For more information, please visit www.mceautomation.com.

About Ultimation
Ultimation Industries LLC is a direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer serving the automotive, food processing, vertical farming, heavy equipment, warehousing, fulfillment and delivery industries. The company offers a line of proprietary automation systems and a leading integrator of Jervis Webb Conveyor Systems. Ultimation’s e-commerce channel sells Ultimation, Interroll, Itoh Denki, Jervis Webb, and a wide range of other conveyor equipment. For more information, please visit www.ultimationinc.com.