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Swisslog Acquires Warehouse Automation Provider Forte

April 20, 2015
Swisslog, a provider of automation solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, has acquired Forte, a warehouse automation system integrator and consultancy.

Swisslog, a provider of automation solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, has completed the acquisition of Forte Industrial Equipment Systems Inc., a warehouse automation system integrator located in Mason, Ohio. This acquisition will support Swisslog’s strategy in the North American market with a complementary product and service portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Forte is a consulting, systems integration and software technology firm focused on optimizing DCs for many of the world’s fastest growing companies. Forte plans, designs and implements material handling automation systems with its warehouse execution software (WES) as the core of each solution.

Forte’s expertise in conveyor systems, case and piece picking, and sortation solutions, particularly in the e-commerce and multi-channel retail segment, will strengthen Swisslog’s offering in North America. The Forte customer base extends across multiple vertical industries and will enhance Swisslog’s offering to both e-commerce and pharmaceutical segments.

Forte will continue to operate as a separate unit of Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) North America from its Ohio headquarters. With the completion of the acquisition, founder and owner Gene Forte transitioned management of the company to AK Schultz, previously vice president, customer service with Swisslog North America.

Swisslog, headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, employees 2,300 worldwide and supports customers in more than 50 countries.

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