Pattyn North America

Second Year Winner

Lars K. Nielsen

Pattyn North America

N76 W30500 County Road VV, Hartland  •
Year Founded: 2010
Product or Service Offered: Automated systems for bulk packaging including handling, filling and packing of bulk products into polybag-lined cases, crates, trays, tins, pails, drums or purex cases. As a full-service solutions provider, we guide the customer from the initial briefing to the after sales service.
President: Lars K. Nielsen
Projected 2016 Revenue: $11 million
Target Clientele: Major food manufacturers in North America
Business Organization Memberships: Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, American Oil Chemists’ Society, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress

Lars K. Nielsen
Lars K. Nielsen

What has fueled your company’s growth?

“Our growth has been a result of industry recognition of Pattyn equipment’s high standards and flexibility. We have proven our ability to support major industries with high-performance line equipment with applicable sanitary standard requirements.”

What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?

“Our biggest challenge has been to find skilled labor, specifically engineering talent. There continues to be an ongoing need to adapt our infrastructure and organization due to our rapid growth. A new challenge has been the ability of our manufacturing facility workers to increase their productivity in conjunction with the rate of our sales demands.”

Do you plan to make any changes to your company?

“We are developing a plan for the expansion of our warehouse and storage facilities, and we are in the process of hiring two new skilled technicians for our service department.”

Who are the business people you admire and why?

“It is the company owners with a broad overview for new business opportunities who are influential. The ones who look for opportunities in acquisitions to strengthen their position in the market, but do not lose focus on their core business goals, or sacrifice commitment to customer service, are an example of how to achieve a desired balance between growth and integrity.”

What is the outlook for your industry?

“In general, North American businesses are on a steady course of positive growth for automation. In addition, (efforts around the country to increase minimum wages) are driving companies to implement automation. Both of these factors favorably impact our sales.”

What is your company’s most important growth strategy?

“We continue to identify ways to meet the need for efficiency and cost savings of packaging processes through optimization, while maintaining or increasing the level of food safety.”

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