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BURKE PORTER GROUP EXPANDS EUROPEAN PRESENCE
WITH PURCHASE OF VAN HOECKE AUTOMATION IN BELGIUM

Technology platform adds growth opportunities in key industry sectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. April 30, 2018 Burke Porter Group (BPG), a leading global
manufacturer of intelligent machines, announced today that it has completed its
purchase of Van Hoecke Automation NV (VHA), a Belgium-based global supplier of
production automation and product manipulation and control in the food processing and
automotive industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"The pace of technology advancement in manufacturing utilizing sensing and
autonomous machines and equipment ('intelligent machines') has created significant
opportunities for us to address customer demands of today and well into the future," said
David DeBoer, CEO of BPG. "The addition of Van Hoecke Automation brings an
innovative group of highly skilled engineers enabling BPG to pursue and support more
diverse products with an expanded global scale. It's an exciting time for the industry and
for our company."

Established in 1990, VHA not only provides a complementary product portfolio to BPG,
but also strengthens its manufacturing presence in Belgium, which includes BEP Europe
NV in Bruges. VHA will remain at its current location in Gavere, near the city of Ghent.

The acquisition agreement provides for management continuity over the company's
business activities with no change in day-to-day business or contacts.
BPG serves the global automotive, advanced manufacturing and life science markets,
maintaining more than 30 locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. As the newest
member of BPG, VHA joins Titan, Kleinknecht, Lismar, Universal Balancing, Cimat, Epic
Equipment & Engineering, XL Machine Co. Inc., Korvis, Primatics, and Burke E. Porter
Machinery Co.

The combination of BPG and VHA delivers a unique complement of solutions in
products, engineering and scale that will provide customers added technologies, greater
service and extended global support. BPG's global reach in the automotive industry will
also allow VHA's automotive products to be distributed to a broader range of global
customers.

To learn more, please visit www.burkeportergroup.com.

About Burke Porter Group
Burke Porter Group (BPG) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of
customized, premium intelligent machinery that integrates sensor-based feedback to
modify machine control and performance. A globally growing company of machinery
manufacturers, BPG has an international footprint serving the automotive, advanced
manufacturing and life science markets throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.
BPG, with their significant machine building expertise, has been successfully serving
customers in many industries and localized service for over 60 years. BPG continues
growing its end markets and global presence through new product technologies from
strategic acquisitions, internal product developments, and enhanced customer service.
Burke Porter Group is dedicated to bringing customers the most intelligent and
innovative solutions available. We create machines that think.



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