Duravant To Acquire Cloud Packaging Solutions from Hearthside Food Solutions

Engineered equipment leader Duravant has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud

November 16, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Duravant LLC (“Duravant”), a global engineering equipment and automation solutions provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Packaging Solutions (“Cloud”) from its parent company, Hearthside Food Solutions LLC (“Hearthside”). Cloud is a leading manufacturer of high-speed horizontal flexible packaging equipment headquartered in Des Plaines, IL. The addition of Cloud’s patented rotary soluble pod equipment and ultra-high-speed packet, pouch, and sachet machines to Duravant’s portfolio extends Duravant’s reach into new markets. Coupled with their Mespack brand of robust stand up pouch and stick pack equipment technologies, Duravant has the most innovative offering of flexible packaging machinery available in the industry. The strength of this acquisition enables an aligned market strategy that will benefit customers with an expanded set of value-added solutions.

“Today’s intensive global automation market is highly competitive. We believe Cloud’s continued growth and success as part of Duravant will enable them to continue to innovate, creating new value for global food and CPG brands.”

“I couldn’t imagine a more complementary addition to the Duravant family of operating companies,” said Mike Kachmer, President and CEO of Duravant. “The Cloud equipment portfolio perfectly aligns with Mespack’s product solutions. Cloud’s highly regarded service team coupled with our SupportPro technicians means more feet on the street servicing Duravant flexible pouch equipment. Companies ranging from a multi-national CPG to a regional contract packager have a fit-for-purpose, best-in-class solution available to them through Duravant.”

Hearthside acquired Cloud as part of its 2013 acquisition of Ryt-way Foods. As part of Hearthside, Cloud has continued an aggressive research and development agenda while expanding its core product lines and growing year over year revenue.

“Cloud has continued to thrive as part of Hearthside, and we will continue to be a Cloud equipment customer,” said Chuck Metzger, CEO of Hearthside. “Today’s intensive global automation market is highly competitive. We believe Cloud’s continued growth and success as part of Duravant will enable them to continue to innovate, creating new value for global food and CPG brands.”

About Duravant

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global automation and engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales, and service facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and SupportPro service network, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. For more information, visit www.duravant.com.

About Hearthside

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Hearthside is a leading provider of bakery products, functional and snack bars, frozen packaged food, refrigerated meal kits, snacks and customized packaging solutions, and supplier of choice to premier global food companies and emerging high-growth brands in North America and Europe. Hearthside is a portfolio company of affiliates and investment vehicles managed by Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC and Partners Group (USA) Inc. For more information about Hearthside, visit www.hearthsidefoods.com.

About Cloud Packaging Solutions

Headquartered in Des Plaines, IL, Cloud is a leading manufacturer of high-speed horizontal flexible packaging equipment. Founded in 1929, Cloud has long been recognized for engineering excellence and design innovation. A speed and performance leader in multiple packaging categories, Cloud machines dominate the sweetener, packet, flat pouch, and sachet markets. The company’s patented rotary soluble pod equipment is the preferred solution for both liquid and dry soluble pod applications. Cloud ships and services and supports machines globally. For 2020 the company is introducing two new families of dry horizontal filling machines. More information on Cloud can be found at cloudeg.com.



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The magic of linear servo motors comes to pouch filling

Packaging World | By Pat Reynolds

With customers clamoring for pouch-filling equipment that makes it possible to move efficiently from one size pouch to another, this OEM found its solution in a new breed of servo motors

Cloud Packaging Solutions is a leading manufacturer of high-speed horizontal pouching, thermoforming, and filter-pack machinery. As is the case at plenty of other OEMs, management has been listening to calls from the marketplace for automatic size changeover. So, as Vice President Sales Mike Werner puts it, “We dove into the technologies that would provide us with that capability.” (For more on multifunctional equipment and quick changeover, see what machine builders and buyers have to say about how vitally important it is in PMMI’s Vision 2025 at pwgo.to/4013.)

And that’s how CloudTRAC, which made its debut at PACK EXPO International last October, came into being. Fully automatic, servo-driven, chain-free, and auto-configurable, Cloud describes it as a revolution in Stand-Up Resealable Pouch machine technology suitable for products ranging from pet treats to confectionery products.

Its key enabler is the iTrak linear servo technology from Rockwell Automation, an approach to motion control that dispenses with traditional mechanics and motor control to enable the independent control of multiple independent movers on straight and curved paths. Unlike machines relying on conventional motion control architecture, which require manual adjustments, change parts, and operators wielding tools to remove one set of tooling before putting another set in, this machine can go from one bag size to another at the press of a button on the control panel. Bags can be anywhere from 4 to 12 in. wide and 6 to 15 in. tall.

(Read Complete Article at Packaging World)

Cloud to Premier two new Roberts IMP Machines at Pack Expo 2015

Des Plaines, IL, USA, August 1, 2015 — Cloud announced today that they would be debuting two Roberts horizontal machines at Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas (Booth C-5033). Targeted at the fastest growing segment in horizontal pouching machines, each machine brings new and competitive features, along with the famous Cloud quality.

Cloud will be showcasing the IMP-1500. Recently updated, new innovations debuting this year an in feed conveyor that can handle up to 1,000 bags, and a newly redesigned clamp system. The IMP-1500 utilizes the famous Traveling Funnels, a Roberts innovation which others have tried to copy. The IMP-1500 is highly flexible and designed to be a dependable workhorse, providing high speeds and low maintenance needs.

Cloud will be also be debuting the IMP-1500 SPF. This is new SPF (Single Point Fill) machine is designed for smaller, faster filling pouches and for customers that need a fast, high quality solution on a limited budget. Far from a “little brother”, the SPF is built on the same chassis as the other 1500 machines and with the same level of dependability and low maintenance needs.

See both of these new machines go through their paces at the Cloud Pack Expo booth (C-5033).

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.


Packaging World: New Cloud pre-made standup pouch fill/seal machine

Cloud Packaging Equipment announces the launch of the Robert’s SPF single point fill standup pouch packaging machine for pre-made bags, offering users all the reliability and engineering excellence of the Robert’s IM Series at an entry-level price point.     

The Robert’s SPF handles many sizes and styles of pre-made pouches, including reclosable stand-up bags. It fills and seals bags ranging from a few ounces to over 15 lbs, allowing users to fill individual snack packs and large club store sizes on a single machine. Package and product changeovers can be accomplished in 20 minutes or less.

This high-efficiency, low-maintenance servo-driven machine offers greater return-on-investment than competitive machines. It reduces waste with advanced pouch opening features and rejects bags that fail to open in a way that allows them to be reused.

For the full story, click here.IMP1500-SPF_15x24

Packaging World: Cloud Reduces Water Soluble Film Waste

PACKAGING WORLD – March 2, 2015 – Film waste is expensive. No where is this a larger issue than with water soluble film waste. PVA waste among some solutions can exceed 50%, sending significant film to landfills and margin dollars down the drain. By contrast Cloud’s innovative and industry leading Hydroforma machines are up to 90% more efficient than some other solutions, while providing speed and versatility demanded in modern water soluble film solutions.

In this brief feature article Pat Reynolds, VP Editor of Packaging World, looks at the expanding Cloud soluble packaging line. Cloud is the acknowledged speed and efficiency leader in soluble film packaging with speeds of 1200 PPM Hydroforma line. In this article Pat Reynolds takes a look at the Hydroforma’s little brother. The Hydroforma SP brings the efficiency of the Hydroforma to a size / volume / cost formula to more production environments.

At speeds of up to 600 PPM, the smaller Hydroforma SP is still one of the fastest machines in the industry. In this story Packaging World focuses on the machine’s tight controls that reduce film waste. The combination of speed and efficiency makes the Hydroforma SP the category leader in mid-sized soluble solutions.

To read the full Packaging World article on Cloud reducing water soluble film waste, click here.

Cloud Rides the Building Wave in Water Soluble Packaging

Plastic News, February 4, 2015 – Plastic News Senior Staff Reporter Jim Johnson recently interviewed Mike Werner, vice president of sales and marketing for Cloud Packaging Equipment LLC discussing the growth Cloud Packaging Equipment has experienced in recent years.  Cloud produces Hydroforma, a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine that is the fastest in the world.

Cloud produces what is known as a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine, marketed under the Hydroforma brand, that the company claims to be the fastest in the world. Think of a drum continuously spinning to create all those dish and laundry detergent packets commonly found on today’s store shelves.

Cloud doesn’t make those packets; it makes the machines that make those packets. And they’ve been quite busy doing just that, Werner said.

“Outside of the P&G pouches, every other pouch you see out there, probably 95 percent of them are made on a Cloud,” Werner said. “Over the last three or four years, I can’t build machines fast enough.”

To help meet demand, Cloud has doubled its employee ranks to 60 and space to about 30,000 square feet at its Des Plaines facility. Sales, too, have just about doubled in recent years.

Visit Plastics News to read the entire article and learn how Cloud is “riding the building wave in water soluble packaging.”

Cloud Packaging’s Hydroforma SP Featured in Healthcare Packaging Magazine

Healthcare Packaging Magazine, April 2014 – Found under their Bagging & Pouching Form, Fill & Seal Machinery trends section, Healthcare Packaging Magazine’s article reviews the multiple strengths Cloud Packaging Equipment’s Hydroforma SP can bring. The Hydroforma SP is designed to produce very low scrap and easily integrates into secondary packaging systems. The article lists the advantages the Hydroforma SP offers in improved speed, operation flexibility and improved sustainability.