PROBAT accelerates strategic development with acquisition of AC Horn Manufacturing

Emmerich, Germany, February 29, 2024: PROBAT announces the acquisition of AC Horn Manufacturing, a world-class producer of premium food processing equipment, based in Texas, USA. With this strategic investment, the global market and technology leader in coffee roasting plant and machinery strengthens its competitive advantage through new technological capabilities and synergies to further penetrate the global food market.

Originally a small sheet metal business founded in 1907, AC Horn has developed into a leading global supplier of food processing equipment. PROBAT's investment in this acquisition not only complements its existing products and services, particularly for nut and snack processing, but also increases the efficiency of its own production processes through greater vertical integration. Furthermore, AC Horn and PROBAT share an unrivalled commitment to their customers that sets both companies apart in their respective industries.

PROBAT and AC Horn are two family-owned companies that have more in common than separates them. Our combined expertise will strengthen both companies to the benefit of our customers and all stakeholders. I am very pleased that Michael Horn has decided to remain at the helm in Dallas and look forward to a shared future,” says PROBAT CEO Wim Abbing after the acquisition.

PROBAT is strategically focused on continuing to invest in its growing business and sees the acquisition of AC Horn as a great opportunity to build on a complementary portfolio that will allow the company to expand its product offering. By adding new resources and building larger and stronger teams of experts with a wide range of skills, PROBAT also underpins its mission to offer its customers individual and future-proof solutions.

Michael Horn, President & CEO of AC Horn Manufacturing, is also looking forward to a shared future with PROBAT: “I am incredibly excited and proud for AC Horn to join PROBAT. My team and I have worked hard to build a strong brand and we are eager to take it to the next level in this new journey. PROBAT is a great company with many cultural similarities to AC Horn. It is the right home for the company that my family has built over the last 117 years. I look forward to the new opportunity and cannot wait to get to work!

As a member of the PROBAT Group, AC Horn will be well positioned to deliver the value and quality that its customers have come to expect — and beyond.

About A.C. Horn
A.C. Horn is the world leader in snack food processing equipment, renowned for quality design, reliability, integrity, and durability. Its product range includes high quality roasters and dryers, grinders, granulators, cookers, and coaters. The company is an invaluable partner to snack food manufacturers around the world. Countless smaller manufacturers rely on its outstanding expertise and unparalleled offering, as do some of the industry's largest companies.

PROBAT has been developing pioneering solutions for the coffee industry for more than 150 years. The company is the world market and technology leader in coffee processing plant and machinery. Its range of services includes the development, design, and construction of roasters and grinders as well as the planning and implementation of industrial production facilities. Machine and plant controls, environmental technologies, and comprehensive services also make up part of PROBAT's product portfolio. Together with subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Scotland, and the USA, PROBAT has approx. 1,000 employees. Furthermore, agencies in more than 40 countries ensure that the age-long experience and know-how of PROBAT are being used globally.

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