Hy-Tek Holdings Acquires Fellow Integrator Advanced Handling Systems

Systems integrators for materials handling automation to offer a full suite of robots to customers in diverse markets.


Material handling systems integrators Hy-Tek and AHS plan to offer a full suite of robotics and automation.
Hy-Tek Holdings is acquiring Advanced Handling Systems and adding the automation systems integrator to its Hy-Tek Material Handling group serving varied applications.

As automation adoption continues across supply chains, robotics suppliers and systems integrators are partnering and consolidating. Material handling integrator Hy-Tek Holdings today said it has acquired Advanced Handling Systems LLC, or AHS. The merged company now operates as Hy-Tek Material Handling LLC. Terms were not disclosed.

“Hy-Tek’s acquisition of AHS broadens our offerings as the predominant player in material handling and integrated systems,” said Sam Grooms, CEO of Hy-Tek Holdings. “With AHS robotic solutions, Hy-Tek delivers cutting-edge technology that optimizes fulfillment, speeds distribution, and addresses labor shortages within a challenging supply chain. Committed to growth through acquisitions, Hy-Tek always is looking for best-of-breed companies to join our team.”

Erlanger, Ky.-based Advanced Handling Systems offers integration services with a focus on robotics for materials handling. The company has two facilities in the U.S. and employs about 90 people.

AHS has worked with suppliers including Caja Robotics, Exotec Solutions, Mobile Industrial Robots, and Waypoint Robotics (now part of Locus Robotics).

Robot suppliers and integrators join forces with Hy-Tek

Hy-Tek Holdings is a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital LP (DPC). DPC is a family office and private investment firm, pursuing controlling investments in companies operating in the general industrial and business services sectors. DPC targets companies with enterprise values of up to $1 billion.

Columbus, Ohio-based Hy-Tek said it serves clients in markets including e-commerce, third-party logistics (3PL), and parcel. The company claimed that it is “the premier single-source provider of material handling solutions for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, construction, food, electronics, and automotive.”

Hy-Tek Material Handling LLC is a combination of Hy-Tek Material Handling, WorldSource, BP Controls, and AHS. Hy-Tek said that it and its industry partners — including manufacturers of industrial equipment, conveyor systems, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), racks, and shelving — have been providing turnkey systems to customers large and small since 1963.

Hy-Tek has worked to deploy supply chain automation with GreyOrange and Kindred Systems and their customers.

From customized handling and storage systems to pre-assembled buildings and off-the-shelf products—Hy-Tek said its team of engineering, sales, operations, and project management professionals can help enhance productivity, streamline processes, and boost profitability.

With over 500 employees, Hy-Tek serves customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico from offices in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. 

Chuck Frank, president of AHS, gives a brief snapshot of what makes AHS different and why its clients choose the company.

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Material handling systems integrators Hy-Tek and AHS plan to offer a full suite of robotics and automation.

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