SPRING HOPE, N.C.—Right Lane Industries, a holding company with a portfolio containing numerous U.S. manufacturing and industrial service companies, has acquired Belt Concepts of America Inc., a PVC conveyor belt business, from ContiTech USA, Inc.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed by the privately owned Right Lane of Chicago. ContiTech's U.S. business is based in Fairlawn, Ohio, and is a subsidiary of Continental A.G., headquartered in Hanover, Germany.
Right Lane said Belt Concepts fits well within the company's American-based manufacturing pedigree, and hopes to gain a broader share of the global market with the acquisition.
"We believe that there is a strong case to be made for manufacturing in the USA, especially considering the current international commercial and geopolitical dynamics," said Cris Balint, who took over as president of Belt Concepts effective Aug. 24. "Conveyor belts are an integral component of every manufacturing process—and with recent reshoring efforts, we plan to benefit from the increased demand for conveyor belts."
According to Anthony DiGiacobbe, communications manager in North America for ContiTech, the global manufacturer of rubber, plastic and metal components for a spectrum of industries divested itself of Belt Concepts because the lightweight PVC conveyor belt space is a niche market and "not part of Continental's core business."
ContiTech had owned Belt Concepts since it acquired Veyance in 2015. ContiTech remains a global leader in the production of heavyweight rubber conveyor belts.
"To ensure continued investment in the business, Continental sold the business to a long-term investor that will ensure sustained growth and opportunities," DiGiacobbe said. "The lightweight PVC conveyor belt business has the right ingredients to be even more successful with a new long-term owner that is willing to make continuous investments in manufacturing technology, research and development, and added sales capacity."
According to Balint, all Belt Concept employees will be retained at the company's 150,000-sq.-ft. North Carolina location, just to the northeast of Raleigh.
"We believe that people are one of the greatest assets to any business, and in this regard we are very fortunate to inherit a great team of employees, many of whom have been with the company for many years," Balint said. "We are excited with the level of enthusiasm in the company, and how well the news of the acquisition was received internally."
N.C. roots a plus
Balint said Right Lane was attracted to the acquisition for Belt Concept's consistency, reliability and diversity of markets, as well as Belt Concept's "deep North Carolina roots."
"When we learned that Continental was interested in divesting its lightweight conveyor division, we learned about Belt Concepts and its great reputation in the market," he said. "Being a long-standing North American manufacturer that had deep North Carolina roots, quality products, great employees and a loyal customer base, we knew they would be a great fit within the RLI family."
Belt Concepts, which began in 1985, primarily makes interwoven and plied conveyor belting, though it maintains experience in the logistics industry as well, which Balint said will assist Right Lane in growing its e-commerce segment.