GRAIN Systems Inc. (GSI), a global brand of AGCO, announced that it has purchased Johnson System Inc. (JSI), a leading manufacturer of catwalks, towers and support structures based in Marshall, Mich.
The acquisition includes JSI's manufacturing operation in Marshall and approximately 70 employees, all of whom will be retained by GSI. Owners Howard and Kathleen Johnson, who founded JSI in 1983, will continue on to assist with the integration process.
"We're very excited about adding JSI to the GSI and AGCO family of companies as it provides us with new growth opportunities that offer our dealers system solutions to enhance the productivity, efficiency and profitability of their customers' operations," said Tom Welke, GSI senior vice president, global grain and protein.
In addition to manufacturing catwalks and towers, JSI also produces temporary storage systems, aeration systems, superstructures, decks, stair systems, grain ladders and numerous other agricultural products. It is a leader in structural steel manufacturing with a focus on the agricultural industry.
Welke pointed out that JSI's recent growth has occurred primarily in the international marketplace, and now, with substantial support from GSI and AGCO, "we expect continued rapid growth in serving overseas customers.
"We've partnered with JSI on international projects in the past, and the global reach of our dealer network will greatly increase our ability to more proactively service the needs of the international markets," Welke added.
JSI will remain a stand-alone business and will be integrated into the GSI and AGCO operations over a period of time. GSI said it will look for opportunities to design GSI and JSI product line offerings that create synergies for ease of construction, manufacturing and site layout.