American Roller acquires Nordson product lines

10 to 20 employees will join roller manufacturer

Nordson Xaloy's DuraShell and EquaTherm chill rollers.

Union Grove-based American Roller Co. has acquired Nordson XALOY’s DuraShell and EquaTherm chill roll product lines for an undisclosed price.

Nordson Xaloy's DuraShell and EquaTherm chill rollers.
Nordson Xaloy’s DuraShell and EquaTherm chill rollers.

American Roller manufactures and distributes industrial rollers, along with roller coatings and coverings, used in a number of manufacturing processes. The company has more than 300 employees at 11 locations worldwide.

Westlake, Ohio-based Nordson’s XALOY division manufactures components and melt delivery systems for extrusion and injection machinery. Among its products are barrels, heat transfer rolls, melt pumps and pelletizers.

Through the acquisition, American Roller has taken on the quoting, engineering and manufacturing of the chill roll products. American Roller bought more than 30 pieces of equipment from Nordson, which will be split between its Rock Hill, S.C. and Wisconsin plants. Between 10 and 20 Nordson employees associated with the product lines will come on board at those plants, said Dan Cahalane, president of American Roller.

The added product lines will allow American Roller to expand the size of roller it can offer and its product design capabilities, while bolstering its engineering talent, Cahalane said.

“This strategic move enables American Roller to build on its strong industrial roller product line history and expand into additional end markets,” Cahalane said. “We are committed to serving customers for these high quality product lines while employing our engineering resources to drive further product enhancements.”

“We’re committed to a smooth transition of these product lines to American Roller, whose expertise will drive significant value for customers over the long term,” said Steve Purcell, Nordson vice president for polymer processing in North America. “Going forward, Nordson will continue to focus its resources on our full line of barrels, screws, pumps, screen changers, dies and other melt stream components for customers in the global polymer processing industry.”

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