From left to right in the photo: Mal Hulbanni (Eckhart Vice President of Business Development), Leif Anderson (Co-Owner of Rhino Assembly), Andy Storm (Eckhart President & CEO), Dan Brooks (Co-Owner of Rhino Assembly), and Dan Burseth (Autocraft Vice President & General Manager)

LANSING, MI – JANUARY 31, 2017 – Eckhart, Inc. (Eckhart) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhino Assembly Corporation (Rhino) and KA Technologies (KAT) as their distributor partners collectively covering much of the southeastern and mid-western regions of the United States.  These distributor agreements include Eckhart’s advanced material handling subsidiary Autocraft. 

Rhino Assembly & KA Technologies 25 plus years of industry expertise identifying and delivering the world’s most innovative assembly solutions complements Eckhart’s proven portfolio of advanced manufacturing technology that includes market-leading autonomous guided carts, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing tool development & production, and ergonomic general assembly tooling solutions for the world’s largest manufacturers.    

“Customers appreciate Rhino’s unwavering integrity, high level of responsiveness, and their passion for solving difficult manufacturing related problems with local teams.  Their technical experts operate with a sense of urgency and provide customers with unmatched expertise and support in the region,” remarked Andrew P. Storm, President & CEO of Eckhart. 

Covering fifteen states from Wisconsin to Florida to Missouri, the reach of Rhino and KAT’s network of customers is extensive.  Rhino co-founder Dan Brooks stated, “Attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent available in the industry and deploying it at a local level creates real value for customers.  As a company we strive to be the first to respond to a customer need and the first to be onsite with a solution.  Partnering with an innovative market leader like Eckhart ensures our customers have access to advanced manufacturing solutions that help them build and assemble better products safer and faster.”   

“Our collective team is focused on delivering the highest level of quality and service in the industry. Together, we are committed to operating with a sense of urgency, generating real value for customers, and positively impacting the lives of those who contribute to the value-generating process of manufacturing each day,” added Kyle Hurst, General Manager of KA Technologies.

About Eckhart, Inc.

Founded in 1974 and based in Lansing, Michigan, Eckhart, Inc. (“Eckhart”) engineers advanced industrial solutions that enhance the quality of life.  Eckhart’s proven portfolio of advanced manufacturing technology includes market-leading collaborative robotic systems, traditional robotics, additive manufacturing tool development & production, and ergonomic general assembly tooling solutions for the world’s largest manufacturers.    Eckhart serves an established and loyal, blue-chip customer base of leading automotive and industrial original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) that include General Electric, Ford, Tesla, PACCAR, John Deere, Bradford White and Caterpillar. For additional information, please visit www.eckhartusa.com

About Autocraft

Autocraft, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Algonac, Michigan provides advanced material handling systems and specialized tooling for the largest industrial manufacturers in the world. Autocraft’s market leading autonomous guided carts enhance safety and productivity while also increasing the velocity of material across manufacturing supply chains.  Autocraft is well regarded for its patented work brake systems that optimize the ergonomics and safety of line operators exposed to rotating assembly processes. Autocraft serves a loyal and blue-chip customer base of leading industrial original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) that include Boeing, Honda, Toyota, Johnson Controls, Carrier, Whirlpool, Nissan, Kawasaki, Chrysler, and General Motors. Autocraft is a 2016 Honda Performance Excellence Award recipient. 

For further information, please contact:

Dan Brooks, Co-Founder
Rhino Assembly Corporation
dbrooks@rhinoassembly.com
(888) 727-7882

Kyle Hurst, General Manager
KA Technologies

kyle@katechnologies.us
(502) 429-5590

Andrew P. Storm, President & CEO
Eckhart, Inc.
astorm@eckhartusa.com
(517) 321-7700    

Daniel Burseth, General Manager
Autocraft
d.burseth@auto-craft.com
(810) 794-4929