Acquisition by Gray enhances Anderson Dahlen’s capabilities and services for its customers
Posted on: September 14, 2020
Anderson Dahlen is proud to become part of the Gray family, as it was acquired by Gray Inc. on September 3, 2020. Gray Inc. is a global leader in Food and Beverage facility solutions with nine operating companies including Gray Construction. This acquisition provides Gray new capabilities for stainless-steel manufacturing of key critical equipment for the Food and Beverage industry. It also expands Anderson Dahlen’s resources to serve customers in the Food, Pharmaceutical, Industrial, and Vacuum Technology markets.
This acquisition is a natural extension of Anderson Dahlen’s strategic growth and marketing plans while maintaining a great cultural fit, family ownership, safety focus, and access to Gray’s strong organization. As customer models have changed over recent years, Anderson Dahlen has significantly improved its ability to listen to customer needs and solve those challenges by building complex integrated processing equipment. Merging Anderson Dahlen’s people and capabilities with Gray’s unique approach of construction and equipment integration services will provide the Food and Beverage marketplace a more capable leader for turnkey builds and facility expansions. While also expanding Anderson Dahlen’s customer and geographic reach tremendously.
The future is bright for Anderson Dahlen’s customers and employees after 75 years of growth. Gray Inc. and its subsidiaries bring a significantly expanded customer base and pipeline of new projects that will keep ADI strong and growing. Gray’s leadership includes family ownership, strong core values, and expansive partnerships in Food and Beverage and other industries. They build turnkey manufacturing plants and now add Anderson Dahlen’s capability to deliver sophisticated processing equipment as well.
The Gray family of companies includes Gray Construction, Gray Solutions, SPEC Engineering, and InLine Engineers. With the addition of Anderson Dahlen, Gray becomes a more formidable force in food processing, food packaging, equipment design, and automation. In total, Gray has 1,300 employees generating over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The ability to coordinate engineering efforts across these companies will be a major plus for customers as their models change to outsource more and more engineering work to focus on their core capability of food and beverage production.
Incorporating the Anderson Dahlen skillsets with Gray’s turnkey platform of services will provide the marketplace with combined capabilities required in this constantly changing market. Our focus on customer support and high quality will continue across all business segments. Tom Knoll, President and CEO of Anderson Dahlen
Anderson Dahlen will maintain its headquarters in Ramsey MN and continue operations under its current leadership. Tom Knoll, President and CEO of Anderson Dahlen said, “Incorporating the Anderson Dahlen skillsets with Gray’s turnkey platform of services will provide the marketplace with combined capabilities required in this constantly changing market. Our focus on customer support and high quality will continue across all business segments including pharmaceutical, vacuum, industrial and distributed products”
The Gray acquisition will provide Anderson Dahlen more opportunity to develop its food and beverage business while remaining focused on market diversification. We fully intend to continue to serve and grow our other market segments of pharmaceutical, vacuum, industrial, and distributed products. Our focus will remain on supporting all our existing customers and expanding our customer base within each of those market segments while growing even faster as part of Gray Inc. Food & Beverage.
Tyler Cundiff of Gray Inc. has been promoted to President, Gray Inc. Food & Beverage which will include Anderson Dahlen. He says “With the growing world population, Food & Beverage companies are forced to reinvent themselves to keep up with this tremendous demand. Our talented engineers and project managers dedicated to highly technical and specialty solutions are equipped to tackle our customers’ challenges both today and tomorrow.”
Anderson Dahlen is proud to become part of the Gray family, and grow its leadership as a premier turnkey Food and Beverage processing plant design-build company. This acquisition is an important step and evolution of all the Anderson Dahlen team, one which all employees can take pride in.
About Anderson Dahlen
Headquartered in Ramsey, MN, Anderson Dahlen is an ISO-9001:2005 certified company specializing in custom contract-manufacturing for the Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, and Industrial markets as well as ultra-high vacuum applications. Anderson Dahlen is Minnesota Sharp Safety OSHA Certified and is an active member of the American Welding Society; American Vacuum Society, Minnesota Chapter; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
About Gray, Inc.
Gray, Inc., the holding company for Gray Construction, is comprised of ten operating companies: Gray Construction; Gray Development; Gray Ohio Valley; Gray West; Timberwolff Construction; Gray Solutions; InLine Engineers; Spec Engineering; Spencer Bristol Engineering, and Willett Engineering. Although separate operating companies, all fall under the Gray brand, consistently working together with various customers across the U.S. and internationally to provide a total turnkey services platform offering. As a family-owned company, we focus on the following markets for domestic and international customers: Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Automotive, Distribution, Mission Critical, and Commercial.