Westlake, OH (September 13, 2021) — Two businesses have merged to become one of the region’s leading material handling firms.
Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry (CC-EFI) has acquired CLD Handling Systems, Inc. (CLD), a leading material handling solution provider located in central Ohio. All employees from both companies are remaining with the merged firm.
CLD, a family-owned firm founded in 1986, believes in providing each customer with the best value-based solutions for their needs. The personal attention to detail along with the “do it right” attitude will fit nicely into the new merged company.
CC-EFI is a fourth-generation family-owned business founded in 1961, and will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary in October 2021. CC-EFI is a material handling solution provider specializing in casters and wheels, gravity and powered conveyors, pallet rack and shelving. In addition, CC-EFI provides total turnkey integrated material handling solutions. CC-EFI has developed a national reputation for providing quality, innovative and comprehensive material handling solutions to its customers.
In addition to its Westlake, Ohio headquarters, the company has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Pittsburgh and Erie, PA, and Syracuse, NY. The merged company plans to continue to expand its Midwest regional coverage to include Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.
“The merger of Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry and CLD Handling Systems brings together two firms with great customer focused businesses that have complementary product offerings,” said Jeff Stohr, CEO of CC-EFI. “This translates to great benefits for the customers and communities we serve.”
“We believe this partnership will benefit our customers greatly and keep a viable business thriving in central Ohio,” said Charlie Dobkins, president, and founder of CLD. “The resources of Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry give us expanded capabilities in terms of products and solutions for our valued clients. At the same time, we bring expertise in specialized material handling solutions to the CC-EFI customer base.”
Barry Irwin, a key technical sales representative at CLD, said, “I’m excited that we’re able to offer more solutions to our customers; making us a more valued partner to all of them.”
CLD will gain access to a dedicated team of inside sales and technical professionals at Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry. “Our existing CLD customers will still have the advantages of dealing with the same representative they’ve known for years, plus benefit from the expanded resources and capabilities that CC-EFI brings to the table,” said Dobkins. “This will help strengthen our presence in the region.”
Charlie Dobkins, a long-time material handling industry veteran, founded CLD in 1986. Charlie started his career in the material handling